West Virginia University at Parkersburg is one of 17 college campuses in West Virginia partnering with nine rape crisis centers to host a pledge event to take a stand against sexual assault. Additionally, WVU Parkersburg’s Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a screening of the film
“It Was Rape,” and collecting adult coloring and survivor prose/poetry to be displayed on both the Parkersburg and Jackson County Center campuses. These events are in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The pledge event takes place on Tuesday, April 5 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The one-hour Jennifer Baumgardner film will start immediately after at 2 p.m. in the WVU Parkersburg Theatre (room 1305). Entries of themed coloring pages promoting sexual assault prevention and of healing/inspiring thoughts submitted by survivors will be collected until April 15 for campus displays.
The West Virginia Intercollegiate Council Against Sexual Assault will host the social media pledge event using the “It’s On Us” Campaign. Participants can join the Facebook event page, 2016 SAAM WV Day-of-Action. The goal is to reach as many people as possible on college campuses and have them complete the “It’s On Us…to stop sexual assault” pledge at www.itsonus.org. The “It’s On Us” pledge is:
- 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.
The “It’s On Us” Campaign is a national initiative that seeks to engage college students and members of campus communities to make a personal commitment to take a stand and be a part of the solution to campus sexual assault. Stemming from the efforts of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, “It’s on Us” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault. The campaign seeks to inspire everyone to see it as his or her responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent sexual violence. “It’s On Us” is committed to creating an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.