Sneha Ojha is the president of the Northwest chapter of It’s On Us, and with the recent sexual assaults on campus, she said it's important to bring the group to Northwest.
“I wish we could spread as much awareness as we can about the available campus resources,” Ojha said. “My personal goal is to encourage everyone I see, meet and talk to, to be aware of the bystander training program.”
According to It’s On Us, its mission statement is to “build the movement to combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students, including young men, and activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs.”
“We want to be a safe place for victims to come to us with questions and help,” Jerilynn Hoover, vice president of public relations for It’s on Us.
The organization is still in the early stages of planning. Members are still filling some elected positions and are currently planning many of their events for the year. They have planned some events for October and November. In October, they will have a “light it up” event, where lights in town will turn purple to honor domestic violence survivors, and then they will hold a North Star Advocacy Center food drive in November.
North Star Advocacy Center is a local residential shelter and outreach program, which provides for those in need of shelter and crisis management court advocacy, in addition to other services. It’s mission statement is “validating and empowering victims of domestic and sexual violence while working to influence a cultural change.”
“We aim to bring awareness and resources to Northwest students, staff, graduate students and faculty for sexual assault on our campus,” Hoover said.
The CDC reports that 10.3% of undergraduate women and 3.1% of men will experience some form of sexual assault while attending college. The CDC also reports college women, as compared to their non-college peers and the general population, are disproportionately raped by men — often by someone they know.
A recent story made national headlines at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's chapter of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, commonly known as Fiji, which has a long history of inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment.
At this time there is currently no permanent weekly meeting place. However, It’s On Us plans on meeting Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.