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From October 18 to 20, Survivors in Solidarity had a table located in the JYC to promote the “It’s On Us” campaign. The campaign is a call to commitment to ending sexual assault.
Survivors in Solidarity is an Emmanuel organization created by Emily Neves ’19. Neves is a survivor of sexual assault and created this student group as a way to actively stand against and work to prevent such horrendous violations.
Marcella Paez ’18 joined with Neves in the creation of this group and was one of the members running the “It’s on Us” table. According to Paez, “It’s On Us” is all about getting the word out about sexual assault as well as promoting “not being a bystander.”
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Paez explained that the campaign is a White House sponsored event that colleges across the country are taking part in. Students participate by signing their names on the computer to show their support to victims of sexual assault as well make a personal commitment to take a stand against it. After “taking the pledge” students received a pin as another way to show support.
Paez believes that although it may seem trivial to simply sign one’s name via computer, joining in the campaign “says a lot about who we are as students at Emmanuel.” She additionally stated that it is a “great platform for social justice because it effects everybody.”
Survivors in Solidarity are co-sponsoring numerous upcoming events. They have been working closely with the six week Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program as well as the “Red Flag” campaign, which encourages students to speak up when observing signs of dating violence.
It's on us! Raising awareness to prevent sexual assault. Go Saints! pic.twitter.com/a5ortzuLs5
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They also plan to work with Sister for Sister, an Emmanuel organization that promotes feminism and healthy relationships and with Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Multicultural Programs Jeff Smith on programs designed to inform students about what sexual assault is and how it affects people from different ethnic and social backgrounds.
Students who did not get a chance to take the pledge can do so at itsonus.org. The site also offers videos featuring celebrities, different ways to get involved with ending sexual assault, and a donation tab. Students are encouraged to change their profile pictures to one containing an “It’s On Us” badge, which can also be done through the website.
Haley Biermann ’19 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.