Sexual assault has become a topic that is not often spoken about on college campuses. It has become a taboo conversation that even victims of sexual assault are afraid to discuss in fear of ridicule and embarrassment. With the “It’s On Us Campaign,” Montclair State University Greek Life is looking to put an end to this fear of speaking out against sexual assault.
Montclair State University’s Office of Greek Life has partnered with Greek Life’s Interfraternity Council (IFC), The Student Government Association, The LGBTQ Center, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Dean Gary, Donna Barry in Health Services and the University Police Department to put an end to this fear of speaking up and call everyone at Montclair State to action.
Emily Cordero, the Coordinator for Greek Life at Montclair State, said, “Across the country, sexual assault is happening on college campuses and people need to be aware of what is going on and how to report it. We have resources here on campus and it is important for us as a community to make sure our students are educated on the topic and aware of the resources available to them.”
The week of events will begin on Monday, Oct. 19 and will end on Friday, Oct. 23. The week will consist of a showing of the documentary “The Hunting Ground” on Monday at 8:30 p.m. in University Hall 1030 and on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center, 411-414. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, there will be a Bystander Intervention/Title IX training with Dean Gary and Donna Barry at 1:00 p.m. in the Student Center, 417.
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, there will be a Self Defense Workshop with the University Police Department, with the location to be determined. Ending the night events for the week on Thursday, Oct. 22 will be a Workshop about sexual assault sponsored by the LGBTQ Center at 8:30 p.m. in University Hall 1070.
When asked what the aim of the week’s events would be, Cordero said, “I want the campus to be educated and aware the causes of sexual assault and have conversations on the matter to understand the culture of consent and be a part of the solution.”
Cordero and those sponsoring the event strongly encourage all campus students to attend the week of events and sign the pledge to end sexual assault on college campuses all week from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Main Lobby, brought to you by the “It’s on Us Campaign.”