It's On Us

It's On Us Spring Week of Action 2019


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Take the Pledge
Kick off Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by stopping by to take the "It's On Us" pledge - show your support for survivors and declare your intent to help shape a violence-free campus. We'll have resources and special swag items to share with you!
When: April 1st, 9 AM - 11 AM
Where: Gatton Student Center

Take the Pledge
An additional opportunity for you to stop by and take the "It's On Us" pledge - show your support for survivors and declare your intent to help shape a violence-free campus. We'll have resources and special swag items to share with you.
When: April 2nd, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: Gatton Student Center

So You Want to Be An Ally?
When: 12 PM - 1 PM
Where: VIP Center in Lower Level Frazee Hall

Art & Advocacy: Using Your Passion for Activism
Join us for a special lecture from artist and founder of Art Against Assault, Mirabelle Jones, on how you can use your passion as fuel for change.
When: April 5th, 10 AM - 11 AM
Where: VIP Center, Lower Level Frazee Hall

Active Bystander Art Workshop
In the afternoon, following Mirabelle's lecture, she will be hosting an art workshop. Check out the Art Against Assault website for more information! Sign up below.
When: April 5th, 2 PM - 4 PM
Where: VIP Center, Lower Level Frazee Hall

Yoga for Health & Healing
Free, trauma-informed yoga class hosted by VIP Center Interim Director, Chelsey Reid, as part of National Public Health Week. Open to all.
When: April 5th, 12 PM - 1 PM
Where: Nursing Building Room 613 (College of Public Health Student Lounge)

In addition to our Spring Week of Action, there will be various events at UK and in the community in recognition of Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. See below for more details!

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International Symposium: Comparative Perspectives on #MeToo
This two-day interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars and activists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America to explore the impact, scope, connections, and challenges associated with #MeToo and similar movements. For more information, check out CRVAW's website.
When: Monday, April 8 - Tuesday, April 9
Where: Student Center Room 330AB

Wake Up!
Support SAAPM by purchasing your morning coffee at local coffee shops around Lexington. Participating shops will be offering select edition SAAPM sleeves and showcasing resources and fun promotional items from community organizations dedicated to prevention and serving survivors!

Green Dot Campus Challenge
The Green Dot Campus Challenge is your chance to think about why being an active bystander is important to you. How do you practice being an active bystander? Being both a proactive and reactive Green Dot is an important part of shaping a violence-free campus.
Put your Green Dot on the campus map by telling us how you #FindYourGreenDot! Share with VIP during the month of April how you practice being an active bystander and be entered to win select prizes from the center!

Ways to enter:
1.) Fill out a Green Dot at any of our SAAPM events.
2.) Share online using #FindYourGreenDot
3.) Complete the Green Dot Campus Challenge form on our website!

Find out more on our Green Dot page!

Denim Day
Denim Day began in 1999 after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans she must have helped remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, some members of the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence. 

Denim Day 2019 commemorates 20 years of this campaign and takes place April 24th.

Continuing the Conversation
Stop by VIP to celebrate the end of SAAM and learn how to remain involved throughout the rest of the year! Pizza and snacks provided.
When: Friday, April 26th, 12 PM - 2 PM
Where: VIP Center, lower level Frazee Hall

About It's On Us

Launched in September 2014, It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. It’s On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us. It’s a rallying cry to be a part of the solution. The campaign combines innovative creative content and grassroots organizing techniques to spark conversation on a national and local level. Over the past two years, almost 300,000 people have taken a stand against sexual violence by taking the It’s On Us pledge. The campaign works with 95 partners and students on over 500 campuses.

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  • to RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • to IDENTIFYsituations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • to INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • to CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

Are you in? Click here to take the pledge.