It’s on Us! Take the Pledge!

April 24, 2015 in Best of Both, College age, paying it forward, safety by MyBestofBothWorlds

It’s on Us! Take the pledge!

One thing that makes me so proud as a Mom, is seeing my children take a stand and make a difference.  My oldest daughter Kaitlyn is a senior at SUNY Cortland and is taking a stand against sexual assault.  She is chairing a two-day event at her college campus teaming up with the It’s on Us! organization to raise awareness of how often sexual assaults take place on college campuses around the country and to do something about it!

It's on Us!

I remember during her college orientation, hearing the frightening statistics that one in every five women experienced some type of sexual assault.  I also remember saying a prayer during that orientation that my little girl stays safe.  In her freshman year, she told me she was pledging for a sorority.  Initially, I was very concerned as my only impressions had been shaped by what I’d seen on TV and in the movies about sororities and Greek Life.  Needless to say, it wasn’t a very positive image.

Honestly, my negative opinions were quickly dispelled when Kaitlyn got involved with a wonderful organization called Alpha Sigma Alpha.  ASA promotes women of purpose and poise.  Their mission and core values are so positive.  These young women really live out these core values as evidenced by all the philanthropy that Kaitlyn and her sisters are involved with; for example Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Girls on the Run and American Heart Association just to name a few.

So I wasn’t surprised, when Kaitlyn told me she got SHAPE Trained.  She took the Sexual Health and Assault Prevention Educators course along with many of her Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority sisters.  They are making a difference.  She and others will be hosting tables during the two-day national event encouraging all students to take the It’s on Us! Pledge.  Basically, if you see something say something, intervene!  Don’t count on “somebody else” to step in.

It's on Us!

Kaitlyn, Emily and Victoria have taken the pledge!

 

Kaitlyn expressed that, “Greek life has this negative connotation associated it with it, and our goal as a sorority is to help break these stereotypes by taking the pledge to intervene.”

The It’s on Us!

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.

 

Take the PLEDGE

This pledge is a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.

It is a promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution.

 

Get social to help get the word out use the #itsonus and follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook too.

Ayse and Erica take the pledge!

Ayse and Erica take the pledge!

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, please visit: www.notalone.gov for resources.

 

It’s on Us! Take the pledge to stop sexual assault, to intervene, to not look the other way!  Will you take the pledge?