To lead the effort in preventing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault through crisis intervention, assistance, advocacy, empowerment and social change.
The president, along with Vice President Joseph Biden, has called on students to sign a pledge to commit to helping keep their friends safe.
To survivors of campus sexual assault, President Obama said, “It’s not on you; this is not your fight alone. This is on all of us, every one one of us, to fight campus sexual assault. You are not alone, and we have your back.”
"One of the most effective ways to prevent rape is to mobilize men and women on campus to join together in stopping perpetrators before they can commit a crime. Those who are college-aged face a higher risk of sexual assault than other age groups. It’s On Us hopes to educate college students that they have a role to play in keeping their peers safe, as well to encourage them to intervene when situations call for it.
If you see a situation that doesn’t feel right, find a non-confrontational way to step in. Try redirecting the conversation, or suggesting your friend join you outside.
College men and women are also key in lending support to peers who have been impacted by rape or sexual assault. “We need to make sure that if someone’s friend is sexually assaulted, students know how to support him or her, and ensure that they have access to the help they deserve.