President Obama announced a new campaign by the White House and Generation Progress today called It’s On Us that’s aimed at ending campus sexual assault, shifting rape cultures into rape-free cultures, and building supportive spaces for survivors. (The best part? It’s actively built around engaging men in the movement, encouraging bystander intervention, and enhancing and institutionalizing the work activists like you have been doing on your campuses all along.)
It’s On Us calls for rape and sexual assault to be everyone’s issue – not just a “women’s issue” – and demands that communities stand in solidarity with the activists and survivors that have been advocating for common sense prevention and policy reform at their colleges and universities.
Here’s five ways you can get into it, right now. And you might not even have to leave your bed!
5. Take the Pledge
Right now, people across the country are pledging to intervene in potentially violent situations, support survivors, and make it clear to their communities that they find sexual assault unacceptable. Are you one of them? To sign the pledge, all you need to do is go to itsonus.org.
4. Wear the Badge (Proudly)
If you’re as proud as we are of the White House for putting this together, you can show them a little love where it matters most – social media. Click here to create your own customized “It’s On Us” badge.
3. Get the Gear
It’s On Us merchandise is being sold at cost on the campaign website. Wear your campaign gear to the gym, to class, and maybe even to that frat party next weekend to remind people to be accountable, respectful, and supportive.
2. Spread the Word
Join the conversation and help spread the word about the campaign by posting about it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr – basically, anywhere you live online – using the hashtag #ItsOnUs. Let’s get this party trendin’!
1. Bring It Home
Activists who want to bring the campaign to campus or their communities can find helpful tips on the site to guide members of their community and a downloadable tool kit on the site. You can also make your own video. In the words of Gwen Stefani, what ya waitin’ for? (If you’re super into preventing sexual assault on campus and reforming your school’s policies, check out our own Campaign to End Sexual Violence.)