It's On Us
Knights, It's On Us to prevent sexual assault and relationship abuse.
What is It's On Us?
It's On Us is a cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual violence.
It's On Us is a rallying cry inviting everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It's a declaration that sexual violence and relationship abuse are societal problems in which all of us have a role to play. We are reframing sexual violence and relationship abuse in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent these types of incidents. We are asking everyone to create an environment, be it a dorm room, a party, a club or a sports team, or the greater college campus, where sexual violence and relationship abuse are unacceptable and survivors are supported. Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent. It's On Us ... All of us.
- Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault and relationship abuse.
- Be an active bystander – if you see something intervene, in any way you can, as long as it is safe for you.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they're okay.
- Get someone to help you if you see something – enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or even the police to help step in.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, find their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
- If you see a couple fighting, find a way to intervene to make sure they're both safe.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- If a friend tells you something happened, believe them and connect them to resources.
How to Get Involved
- Personally commit to ending sexual violence on campus! Take the pledge at http://itsonus.org/.
- No one has to do everything, but everyone can do something! To attend or schedule a Green Dot bystander intervention workshop, contact Samantha.Vega@ucf.edu.
- Set up a program for you club, organization, or residence hall. More information below. To schedule, contact Sarah.Kovacs@ucf.edu.
- Attend monthly interest meetings occurring: September 6, October 11, and November 1. For more information, contact Sarah.Kovacs@ucf.edu.
About Our Programs
The Escalation Workshop
The Escalation Workshop is a campaign that comes from One Love, an organization dedicated to raising awareness on the signs of an abusive relationship and empowering individuals to help friends affected by this type of violence. The Escalation Workshop includes a 40 minute fill that depicts an abusive relationship, followed by a 40-50 minute discussion on thoughts on the movie and the relationship, including red flags and ways to support friends. For more information please see http://www.joinonelove.org/escalation_workshop.
Topic: Relationship Abuse
Ideal Size: 5-50 attendees
Length: 90 mins
The Continuum Activity
The Continuum Activity is an interactive workshop designed to get students talking about how sexual violence is often normalized in society. The students are asked to come up one by one and place different behaviors into one of three categories: harmless, disrespectful, or sexual violence. They are encouraged to ask for audience feedback as they make their choice. Afterward, the behaviors are taken down and placed into two new categories: part of hookup culture, or not part of hookup culture. It is seen that many behaviors that are disrespectful or sexual violence are considered a normal part of hookup culture.
Topic: Sexual Violence/Bystander Intervention
Ideal Size: 10-100 attendees
Length: 60 min
PhotoVoice is an interactive workshop that explores the topic of interpersonal violence through the medium of photography. Attendees will be put into groups, given words, and asked to go take a picture that represents that word. From there, the groups will have a discussion on the types of interpersonal violence, campus resources for those impacted by it, and how to support those impacted by it.
Topic: Interpersonal Violence
Ideal Size: 5-30 attendees
Length: 60 mins
Don't Just Stand There
Don't Just Stand There is a series of workshops for student leaders, held biweekly in the Student Union, presented by the Title IX outreach division of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. These workshops are designed to empower students to feel like they can prevent interpersonal violence, as well as support members who are impacted.
Topic: Interpersonal Violence/Bystander Intervention
Ideal Size: 5+ attendees
Length: 45-60 mins
It's On Us/UCF Cares Fall Week of Action: October 23-26
"Don't get Tangled up in a bad relationship" – The It's On Us/UCF Cares Fall Week of Action, occurring October 23 to October 26, 2017, is a week full of programming dedicated to raising awareness about relationship abuse, campus resources committed to those impacted by interpersonal violence, and educating on the power of bystander intervention in the prevention of interpersonal violence. Learn how It's On Us to make UCF a safer place.