it's on us
President Joe Biden is signing an executive order directing the Department of Education to review the Trump administration’s controversial Title IX policy guidelines for handling sexual assault on K-12 and college campuses.
Spearheaded by Obama and Biden, the It’s On Us campaign is now in its third year, having been supported by such notable figures as Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, Adam Devine, Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Nina Dobrev, and Viola Davis. The first two years of the IT’S ON US campaign were extremely successful in generating awareness around sexual assault on college campuses - with 324,000 online pledges and 1,300 student run events across 360 college campuses. However, there’s still work to do to end sexual assault on college campuses. As such, the third year of the IT’S ON US campaign has been focused on action - encouraging students to go beyond taking the IT’S ON US pledge by stepping up and intervening, because WE CAN.
If you were angered by the Brock Turner case, by how his father dismissed his actions, then I encourage you to hold on to that anger. Think about the anger you felt over Brock Turner if someone you know is accused of rape.
"While the justice system has spoken in your particular case, the nation is not satisfied."
What does it say about our society that Scott Cross needed extraordinary courage to speak at the sentencing hearing of his high school wrestling coach, Dennis Hastert? Do we want to live in a world in which crime victims do not feel comfortable sharing their stories?
Too many women and men are getting hurt on our campuses, and too much of our culture still accepts this reality as inevitable. There are incredible advocates on every campus in this country and It's On Us seeks to connect us - and in so many ways, this effort is succeeding.