IT'S ON US is a national campaign aimed at raising awareness and bringing an end to sexual assault on college campuses. South Dakota State University is joining this cultural movement to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault by holding each other and ourselves accountable.
- 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault.
- Female students are 4x more likely to be a victim of rape or sexual assault than males.
- Among college women, 9 in 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew their offender.
- Only 20% of female student victims, age 18-24, report to law enforcement.
These are national statistics provided by the IT'S ON US campaign.
What You Can Do
IT'S ON US is meant to create a cultural shift in the way we think about, talk about and act around sexual assault by doing two things:
- Establishing a sense of ownership over the problem, among everyone.
- Providing tips, tools and inspiration to empower everyone to make a difference, every day.
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.
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.
Find more information and Take The Pledge online at itsonus.org. You can add your name to those who have already pledged to be part of the solution, and turn your Facebook or Twitter profile photo into an IT'S ON US badge. Share your commitment on social media by using the hashtag #itsonus.
If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault, or even if you are not sure if what happened to you or your friend is considered sexual assault, there are several resources on campus available to assist you. Please visit our Resource page for more information.
Need to make a report? Visit SDState's Report It page.
If you've experienced sexual assault, have questions, and/or need support, you may also visit these sites:
- Not Alone (notalone.gov)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (nsvrc.org)
- Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (rainn.org), offering 24/7 support via live chat or at 800-656-HOPE (4673)