It's On Us

It's On Us to...

  • Recognize: that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • Identify: situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • Intervene: in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • Create: an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

What is It's On Us?

It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault.

It's On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It’s a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent. It's On Us ... All of us.

The Facts

  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college
  • 40% of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker
  • Only 2% of incapacitated rape survivors report assault
  • Only 13% of rape survivors report assault
  • 8 in 10 victims knew their attacker (friend, significant other, etc.)
  • It is estimated that between 2%-7% of sexual assault reports are false

Bystander Tips

  • Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
  • Don’t just be a bystander – if you see something intervene, in any way you can.
  • Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
  • Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re okay.
  • Get someone to help you if you see something – enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
  • If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
  • Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
  • Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
  • Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
  • Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
  • Never blame the victim.