Cameron University to host It’s On Us Campaign Rally in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Cameron University has partnered with the national It’s On Us Campaign to bring awareness, educate and challenge the community to take action in standing up against sexual assault. CU will host the It’s On Us Campaign Rally on Thursday, April 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Bentley Gardens. The rally will feature keynote speaker Dr. Kimberly Dickman, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Analyst, United States Air Force Academy. Other activities include a lip-sync battle and an opportunity for participants to sign CU’s pledge board. Representatives from numerous campus and community resource organizations will be in attendance. Community members are encouraged to attend.

During her address, Dickman will address the fundamentals of sexual assault prevention, which include preventing violence before it occurs, preventing perpetration, promoting prevention at every level, and providing ongoing prevention activities. Dickman has worked in the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program for the Air Force for nine years at the base level, at the Pentagon and now at the Air Force Academy. Her background in education, mental health counseling and human sexuality guides her role in both prevention of and response to sexual violence. She defiantly refuses to believe that sexual violence is inevitable and with our collective powers, she knows that it is preventable. To not believe this, to be dulled by the statistics, to be defeated by apathy would mean sacrificing our sons and daughters, our sisters and brothers which she is not willing to do.

It's On Us is a national movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think and talk about sexual assault. The campaign works to educate, engage, and empower students and communities across the country to do something, big or small, to end sexual assault. The campaign has three core pillars - consent education, increasing bystander intervention, and creating an environment that supports survivors. Over the past two years, almost 400,000 people have taken the It's On Us pledge online and students have hosted almost 2,000 events on over 500 college campuses nationwide.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in 16 men will be sexually assaulted while in college. However, more than 90 percent of sexual assaults on college campuses go unreported. Additional facts:

  • Among college women, nine out of 10 victims of rape and sexual assault knew the person who assaulted them
  • 40 percent of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker
  • Only two percent of incapacitated rape survivors report assault
  • Only 13 percent of rape survivors report assault
  • 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not investigating a single sexual assault in the previous five years
  • 27 percent of college women have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact
  • Nearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment, and less than 10 percent of these students tell a college or university employee

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April 17, 2017