IT’S ON US is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shi ing the way we think about sexual assault.
IT’S ON US is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime commi ed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to
prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.
IT’S ON US. All of us.
Learn more: http://itsonus.org
Today, the President announced an initiative to help put an end to campus sexual assault. It’s called “It’s On Us.”
That’s not just a slogan or catchphrase. It’s the whole point. Because in a country where one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted — only 12 percent of which are reported — this is a problem that should be important to every single one of us, and it’s on every single one of us to do something to end the problem.
As a husband, as a brother, and as a father of three boys and daughter who is a sophomore in college, it’s on me to help create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and where survivors are supported.
It’s on me to tell my kids to never blame the victim. To not be a bystander. It’s on me to make sure they know that if they see something that looks wrong, they need to get involved — to intervene any way they can, even if it means enlisting the help of a friend or resident advisor. It’s on me to teach them to be direct, and to trust their gut.
That’s why this is personal for me.
And it’s why I took a step this morning to show my commitment to doing my part. And whether you’re a parent, a student, a survivor or a friend of one, there’s something you can do right now to do the same.
Go to It’sOnUs.org, and take the pledge — a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It’s a promise that you won’t be a bystander to the problem — that you’ll be a part of the solution. The President took the pledge this morning. I did, too — along with dozens of other White House staffers. Do it right now.
- 4/29/14 Fact Sheet – Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.
- 9/19/14 FACT SHEET: Launch of the “It’s On Us” Public Awareness Campaign to Help Prevent Campus Sexual Assault
- 1/6/17 FACT SHEET: Final It’s On Us Summit and Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault