Enough is enough. No more #MeToo stories. We all want a community free from sexual violence and gender equality to exist on all college campuses and workplaces. But... who is the first person we need to speak with when we begin taking the initial steps towards prevention and equality? The response we are looking for is "yourself". Having a conversation with ourselves may sound a little weird but it's absolutely necessary in order to get over the barriers of intervention. It's on us. That's how we begin paving a path towards prevention.
90% of the college women who were sexaully assaulted knew their prepertrator, and only 20% reported the incident to law enforcement. #ItsOnUs is a social change campaign that Hearts of Hope is involved with to help bystanders in our community recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault. This campaign helps us learn how to intervene in situations where consent is not or cannot be given. When we are able to do this, we create an environment that is intolerant of sexual violence.
Join the movement by taking the PLEDGE to end sexual violence. Watch the VIDEOS of some of your favorite celebrities who've taken the PLEDGE and create your own. Over 400 schools, organizations, and individuals have made their own It’s On Us PSAs! Create your own PSA today by downloading the script; go ahead and change the words to fit the culture of your campus and community. Then upload your video to youtube, facebook, instagram and twitter. Be sure to tag @HeartsofHope and use our official hashtags #HeartsofHope & #NowMattersL8R along with #ItsOnUs. You can also use national hashtags like #SAAM to increase awareness of April being national sexual assault awareness month.
Engage your friends in conversations about affirmative consent. Download the DISCUSSION GUIDE to talk to your friends and peers about what consent means. It's important for people to know that they can't get it without getting consent. You can also download the BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TIP SHEET to help others learn how to immediately identify situations when sexual assault can occur and effectively intervene.
This information has been provided by the Hearts of Hope Education Director, Val Senegal.