On September 19, 2014, the White House launched the "It's On Us" campaign to stop sexual assault. "It's On Us is an awareness campaign to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.
"It's On Us" is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. Phi Kappa Psi is proudly joining this movement.
"An estimated one in five women has been sexually assaulted during her college years -- one in five," the President noted. "Of those assaults, only 12 percent are reported, and of those reported assaults, only a fraction of the offenders are punished."
"It's On Us" is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It's a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.
IT'S ON US. All of us. All brothers of Phi Kappa Psi.
As a member of Phi Kappa Psi, we ask you to TAKE THE PLEDGE:
- To recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- To identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- To intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- To create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
We encourage you to discuss these tips with your friends and chapter:
- Talk to your friends openly and honestly about sexual assault.
- If you see something, intervene any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like a bad situation, it likely is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks as if they need help if they are okay.
- Get someone to help you if you see something. Enlist an officer, sober monitor, brother, or friend.
- Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to give consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger about someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party, mixer, social or event.
- Get in the way of potential issues by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it is rape.
- Never blame the victim.
Join the conversation on social media by using #PKPItsOnUs!
If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation go to notalone.gov to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE.
If you have any questions or need the assistance educating your chapter, please feel free to contact our Director of Health and Wellness Sarah Benfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.