It's On Us Campaign at EKU
It's On Us
It's On Us is a national movement started under the Obama Administration, spearheaded and led by Vice President Joe Biden in September 2014. It's On Us was created in response to the White House's Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault's recommendation to include and engage everyone in the conversation regarding sexual violence and prevention. It's On Us is a rally cry to be part of the solution. It's On Us asks everyone to do their part to contribute to prevention and elimination of sexual violence in our universities and communities.
While EKU has participated in some awareness-raising events, producing a couple PSA's for It's On Us in 2014, the university had never launched a full campaign. In Spring 2018, Green Dot and Title IX at EKU in partnership with the Kentucky Delta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Greek Life, Student Life and First Year Experience, Campus Recreation, EKU Athletics, Student Conduct, the EKU Counseling Center, EKU Student Health Services, EKU Police, and Ampersand: Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass (formally known as Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center) launched a formal It's On Us Campaign as a means to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month and promote culture change here at EKU.
Take the Pledge at http://www.itsonus.org/ and share on social media why you took the pledge to support survivors and prevent sexual violence using the hashtags #ItsOnUs #SAAPM #ColonelsPledge #HeyYall #SupportSurvivors
April 2018 Events
Pop-up Pledge Stations: April 10, 11, 12, 17, and 18 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Stop by Case Dining, Campus Rec, Combs Plaza, or the Whitlock lobby and take the It's On Us Pledge! Free campaign t-shirts will be provided to participants while supplies last. Receive additional information and ways you can get involved or help a friend or classmate who may need assistance. See our It's On Us Resource Card below. For more information you can access the full sexual violence, assault, and misconduct resource guide here.
It's On Us Poetry Contest: Deadline April 30th for submissions
Open throughout the month of April, students are encouraged to submit original poems pertaining to sexual assault, awareness, and prevention. Students have artistic license over their works and the style of the poem. However, the only requirement is the poem must include the phrase "Hey Y'all, It's On US." Entries can be submitted via email to Renee Leonard at email@example.com and Rebecca Geiger firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be selected and announced on May 1st and will receive an It's On Us Swag Bag!! Additionally, the winning poem will be published on our social media pages. For more information, please see the flyer attached below.
It's On Us Baseball Game: April 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm
EKU Athletics is saying It's On Us! Come out early to Turkey Hughes Field to support the Colonels and participate in this awareness raising opportunity as they take on East Tennessee State. Starting at 3:00 pm, the first 100 students who arrive will receive a campaign t-shirt and throughout the game we will be providing you with statistics and information about sexual violence as well as the campaign!
It's On Us Procession/Demonstration: April 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Join Greek Life and the fraternities and sororities at EKU as they make a statement that we will not tolerate sexual violence here at Eastern and they are committed to contribute to an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable, survivors are supported and believed, victim blaming is challenged, and consent and boundaries are respected. Starting at Keen Johnson Plaza, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the march and walk through campus as a show of support for survivors and to demonstrate our commitment to eliminating sexual violence.
It's On Us Softball Game: April 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm
EKU Athletics is saying It's On Us! Come out early to Gertrude Hood Field to support the Colonels and participate in this awareness raising opportunity as they take on UT Martin in a double header. Starting at 12:00 pm, the first 100 students will receive a campaign t-shirt and throughout the game we will be providing you with statistics and information about sexual violence as well as the campaign!
Denim Day: April 25, 2018
This national event was spurred by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court Case where a student was raped by her driving instructor. While initially convicted, the perpetrator appealed the decision and got the ruling overturned. The Chief Judge stated, “...because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” This sparked a movement in Italy, which then went national and then international, with people wearing jeans to work in protest. Prior to April 25th, come to Jones 417 and pay $2 to wear jeans and receive an official Denim Day sticker along with an info sheet explaining the history and reasoning behind Denim Day. Prefer to pay with card? No problem! Donate $2 on Ampersand's website here, print out a copy of your receipt and turn it in to Jones 417 for proof of purchase to receive your official sticker and info sheet. Then, on April 25th, post pictures of you and your jeans and tell us why you wear jeans and #SupportSurvivors. The money will go to benefit Ampersand: Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass and by wearing jeans you make the statement that you support survivors and oppose a victim-blaming mentality.
Chalk the Walk: April 25, 2018 6:00 pm
Join us outside Sullivan Hall for a Chalk the Walk event in partnership with Ampersand: Sexual Violence Resource Center of the Bluegrass. Raise awareness about sexual violence and assault and prevention, promote resources on Eastern's Campus and in the surrounding communities, and show your support for survivors and commitment to eliminate sexual assault and harassment in our community. Emily McKenzie, the local Ampersand Advocate, will introduce the activity and awareness raising campaign. Participants will receive chalk as well as suggested phrases, statistics, and words of encouragement to write around campus!
Pledge Drive Announcement/Clothesline Project: April 26, 2018 1:00 pm
Join us as we welcome Attorney General Andy Beshear to EKU, an outspoken advocate for survivors seeking justice and a champion for prevention and prosecution of campus sexual assault and violence. Attorney General Beshear will be at Keen Johnson Plaza* at 1:00 pm to announce the total number of pledges we received over the course of campaign. Please, stick around after and participate in the Women and Gender Studies annual Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night event to celebrate survivor support and the success of our advocacy and awareness campaign!
*Walnut Hall in Keen Johnson will serve as the alternate location if there is inclement weather