Each August, Washington University welcomes approximately 1,700 students onto their campus for the next four years of their lives.
Student Union and Leaders in Interpersonal Violence Education relaunched the It’s On Us program Feb. 13, with an emphasis on addressing the culture of sexual violence on the Washington University campus.
The video, shared on Twitter by Kansas City journalist Christa Dubill, has been retweeted almost 13,000 times. It is one minute and 52 seconds long.
The Interfraternity Council unanimously voted to accept a resolution that requires all fraternity chapters to attend sexual assault intervention trainings before their respective formal events this spring.
It’s spring again, which means not only another season of exams and blooming tulips on our fair campus, but another season of fraternity formals. Every year, fraternities head out on the road or find a local venue to hold their event, bringing along dates.
SU’s bystander intervention training initiative and the response to it so far show that students care about the issue of sexual assault and want to work to make a difference and genuine, lasting change. As much as the administration may support bystander intervention training through its various programs, initiatives and offices, training will not be successful if there isn’t engagement from students themselves.
Student Union has pledged to train one-fourth of undergraduates—approximately 2,000 students—in bystander intervention skills to address potential situations of sexual violence by the end of the academic year.
While pop culture gives us an influential and problematic script, it’s not pop culture’s fault when we don’t seek consent. It’s on us as individuals to take that one moment to seek clear and enthusiastic consent; we as individuals have the power to flip the script on the media’s norms.
Student Union and S.A.R.A.H. are proud to announce “It’s On Us, Wash U”: a campaign designed to spark conversation about sexual assault at Washington University and make a pledge to improve our campus culture. “It’s On Us, Wash U” makes the University a part of the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign.