Vice President Joe Biden spoke with over 500 student representatives from over 300 colleges and universities as they prepare for the It’s On Us Week of Action. The It’s On Us campaign to prevent sexual assault is in its second year, and November 8 through 17 It’s On Us chapters across the country will host events to encourage students, especially men, to get more involved to prevent campus sexual assault.
Biden has been at the forefront of the movement to stop violence against women for 25 years. As a Senator, he introduced the Violence Against Women Act in 1990. During the phone call presented by It’s On Us, he called stopping violence against women “the cause of his life.” Biden gave students on the call a brief history lesson of his involvement to stop violence against women and now, specifically, his commitment to stop campus sexual assault.
According to Biden, getting men involved is the number one solution to stop campus sexual assault. He told men three main ways to get involved.
- Intervene when you see something, and report it.
- Step up to create an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable. Change the environment by the way you deal with other men.
- Know that if there is no consent it is rape.
It’s On Us is an effort by the White House and is coordinated by Generation Progress. In its first year a PSA staring numerous celebrities encouraged students, especially men, to change their attitudes and to engage in bystander intervention. The PSA released last September focused on affirmative consent. Students are asked to take a pledge to commit to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise to be part of the solution.
On campuses across the country, It’s On Us chapters are asking students to take the pledge. During the Week of Action last year over a quarter million men on campuses took the It’s On Us Pledge. Even more are expected to take the pledge this year. Student involvement is key to changing the culture on campuses and attitudes of students.
At Keep Her Safe we believe this student involvement can have an impact and we encourage parents to see if the schools they are considering with their children have active student groups to stop campus sexual assault. Search specific schools to see any PSA’s students have created to promote It’s On Us. Encourage your sons and daughters to get involved with these groups and take an active role in stopping campus sexual assault.