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Monday, January 21, 2019

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It's On Aztecs

The SDSU community is standing up against sexual violence.
By Hallie Jacobs

It's On Us.

The three words heard around the United States these past few months represent more than personal accountability. The It's On Us movement spans across the nation, educating the public about sexual violence on college campuses, and putting the issue in the national spotlight. 

The goal of the movement is for the public to recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault; to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur; to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given; and to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

To continue to shed light on the issue, San Diego State University created a campus-centric pledge for students, faculty, staff and the community. The pledge was created to educate the community about sexual violence and prevention efforts going on throughout campus highlighting sexual assault awareness.

Folks from around campus — including the Associated Students External Relations board, Greek organizations, Aztecs for Awareness, the Sexual Violence Task Force and the SDSU Womyn's Outreach Association — have worked to raise awareness about the issue through a series of events, campaigns and initiatives. 

Students will table around campus to raise awareness about the initiative leading up to the April 17 Take Back the Night event. 

Take the pledge

The SDSU community can take the pledge online or during the tabling sessions.  Once the pledge is taken, participants will receive a teal bracelet, which is the color associated with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The bracelets come from the Made With Love Project — global initiative that aids women and children in need through the production and sale of products that provide a fair income for women in Brazil and Africa.

In addition to the bracelets, participants will be asked to put a teal thumbprint on one of 20 canvases, which will be distributed to buildings around campus.

"This is a really important issue that students are very passionate about," said Jacqueline Karczewski, A.S. Vice President of External Relations. "Once participants take this pledge, they're becoming part of the solution to end sexual violence."

Take Back the Week

Take Back the Week at SDSU will be held from April 13 through 17.  

The weeklong event will feature film screenings, panels led by sexual violence survivors, open mic events and the annual Take Back the Night March. 

A complete list of Take Back the Week events is located on the SDSU It's On Us website.

Take the SDSU It's On Us Pledge on the Associated Students website.