The Title IX coordinators worked with faculty and staff throughout the university to create a video to promote the “It’s On Us” campaign.
“It’s On Us” addresses issues related to sexual assault. What it really says is that it’s on all of us to intervene and stop it from happening, said Remy Barnett, Title IX coordinator.
The It’s On Us campaign was initiated by President Barack Obama in 2014 as an awareness campaign to put an end to sexual assault on college campuses across the nation. This came after the president noted that an estimated one-in-five women has been sexually assaulted during her college career, but only 12 percent are reported.
“Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished,” the president noted in his speech during the campaign launch on Sept. 19, 2014.
The campaign’s goal is to get men and women to take a pledge to prevent sexual assault.
Faculty and staff from different disciplines across campus created a video to educate students on the campaign that will be shared through email later this week.
“One thing I am very excited about in the video is that it showcases the expansion of Title IX resource team,” Barnett said.
“We’ve recently expanded to be able to work across the whole campus, including the law school, and it’s really exciting for me to see this program grow.”
There aren’t any other events planned at this time for It’s On Us, but the Title IX office is planning to continue to work with the campaign and grow and expand its presence on campus.
“I went to visit my boyfriend this weekend at West Point, and I noticed that they were all wearing the It’s On Us T-shirts,” said Katie Sperry, music theater junior. “I love that we’re participating too, and I think it’s great that this issue is being addressed nationally.”