Hundreds of students sat on the lawn in front of Morehead Planetarium Thursday as part of It’s On Us, an annual event held at UNC since 2015, which provides students with resources found on campus in supporting and preventing sexual assault.
Following the #MeToo movement and the national push to bring the discussion about sexual assault to the forefront, the event held an even stronger significance this year.
“Sexual assault is something that is pushed under the rug,” sophomore Leah Idichandy said. “People don’t understand the scope. No one wants to talk about it but #MeToo has helped that. It’s good to bring awareness and give good ways to approach it.”
The event was hosted by Sigma Phi fraternity, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and One Act. It included speakers from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, the Carolina Women’s Center and the Delta Advocates.
Bryson Penley, co-chair of philanthropy for Sigma Phi and an organizer for the event, said he wants It's On Us to highlight the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses.