Competition and rivalry aside, universities across North Carolina came together on Monday to stand in solidarity against sexual assault as part of a statewide day of action.
The UNC-system Association of Student Governments dedicated the day to an “It’s On Us” campaign — based on the notion that all campuses are affected by sexual assault. Anita Simha, ASG vice president for campus community, said the campaign promotes awareness of the issue.
“I think it is pretty obvious that sexual violence is a prevalent and important issue to combat on university campuses,” Simha said. “We hope that spreading awareness will keep the issue in the back of people’s minds so that it will come to the forefront when they have the chance to be an active bystander or educate peers.”
ASG, which is funded by an annual $1 student fee and advocates for the 17 UNC-system schools, encouraged each university to participate. The organization printed “It’s On Us” T-shirts and distributed them to each school to get students involved.
East Carolina University is dedicating an entire week — April 13-17 — to the cause. Jake Srednicki, ECU student body president, said rape in college communities is not acceptable and he hopes this campaign will stimulate a change.