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NKU joins with campuses across the nation in “It’s On Us” campaign to prevent sexual assault

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – This Fall, Northern Kentucky University will again join with hundreds of university campuses across the nation to encourage and empower students to take individual steps toward preventing sexual assault and sexual-based violence.

“As NKU president, and also the father of four college-aged daughters, I am personally committed to eliminating sexual-based violence – and all violence – on our campus and in our community,” said NKU President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “The dedicated staff at our Norse Violence Prevention Center do excellent work in this area throughout the year, but preventing sexual assault is a responsibility shared by each person on our campus.”

Launched in 2014, It’s On Us is aimed at fundamentally shifting the way the nation thinks and talks about sexual assault. It seeks to reframe the conversation surrounding sexual assault in a way that empowers, educates, and engages college students to do something – big or small – to prevent it. The campaign asks individuals on college campuses across the nation to make a commitment to creating an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable. This includes raising awareness, holding each other accountable, and looking out for those who cannot consent.

Last September, approximately 2,000 NKU students, faculty, and staff participated in the weeklong #ItsOnUsNKU campaign. This year, students will again be asked to sign the pledge, and also to demonstrate a personal commitment to ending sexual assault by wearing t-shirts, sharing photos and information via social media, and attending events.

“The number of NKU students, faculty, and staff who embraced this initiative last year was truly impressive. We hope to engage even more of our campus community this year in our collective efforts to eradicate sexual assault and sexual-based violence on our campus,” said Gabby Dralle, director of the Norse Violence Prevention Center.

#ItsOnUsNKU will be held the week of Sept. 26 in conjunction with Greek Week. It is organized by the Norse Violence Prevention Center and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life. Events include:

  • Fall Fest: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, Student Union Plaza.
  • NKU/University of Cincinnati men’s soccer game: 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, NKU Soccer Stadium. Both the NKU and UC teams will wear It’s On Us warm-up jerseys.

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