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It's On Us, launched by the White House on Sept. 19, seeks to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses and issues a call to action that each of us hold ourselves and others accountable for our own actions and to look after someone who cannot consent.

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Pacific joins It’s On Us campaign to end sexual assault

Sep 30, 2014

University of the Pacific is joining the White House campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses across the country, adding to Pacific programs already in place to help prevent such problems.

"We want to shift the culture and give people the skills and confidence to step in to intervene if appropriate or to contact Public Safety if necessary," said Heather Dunn Carlton, director of Student Conduct and Community Standards. "This is not something we were merely thinking about doing. This is something we've been working on even before the White House campaign was announced."

It's On Us, launched by the White House on Sept. 19, comes on the heels of a report by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault that issued policy recommendations and best practices for colleges. It's On Us seeks to raise awareness about sexual assault on college campuses - 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college - and issues a call to action for each of us to hold ourselves and others accountable for our own actions, and to look after someone who cannot consent.

The It's On Us campaign includes a logo and model messages that can be used on websites and social media channels. It also encourages campuses to create videos. Pacific's video is underway, and a logo customized for Pacific will be shared with Student Life, Greek Housing, Athletics and others.

Tigers Step UpIt's On Us supplements two Pacific programs developed over the past year and already in place. Student Life's Tigers Step Up!, using an NCAA grant to fund bystander intervention training, expects to surpass its goal of 300 students trained over three years. Public Safety's See Something, Say Something program encourages faculty, staff and students to report suspicious behavior and crime. Both rely on the Pacific community to keep Pacific a safe learning environment.

All resident assistants and most student-athletes have taken the two-hour Tigers Step Up! training, said Dunn Carlton and Katrina Ziegenhirt, the graduate assistant working on the project. Members of the Greek community will be asked to take the training, as well.

Dunn Carlton and Ziegenhirt hope to soon have printed material promoting Tigers Step Up! and they hope to play the video before movies at the Janet Leigh Theatre and on ProwlTV.

Dunn Carlton said Tigers Step Up! training gives students concrete strategies for dealing with tough situations and holding their peers accountable for their actions. The training includes role playing in scenarios to help students learn what to do if they see others being taken advantage of or if friends are the ones taking advantage of others.

"We're giving students permission to do what they already know is right," said Dunn Carlton.

She said the Tigers Step Up! effort may be expanded and include materials from It's On Us.

Available resources:

Public Safety Emergency (if the assault is in progress): 209.946.3911

Public Safety Non-Emergency (after the fact): 209.946.2537

Victim Advocate (24/7): 209.403.0250

Student Conduct anonymous online reporting form: http://www.pacific.edu/Documents/student-life/judicialaffairs/Sexual%20Misconduct%20Report%20Form.pdf

Bias Response Team online reporting tool: http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Bias-and-Discriminatory-Harassment-Policies-and-Protocols/Bias-Reporting-Form.html

Public Safety's See Something, Say Something program: http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Public-Safety-and-Services/See-Something-Say-Something.html

To learn more about the It's On Us Campaign, visit ItsOnUs.org.

To learn more about NotAlone, visit www.notalone.gov for resources.

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