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It's On Us

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It’s On Us is a national campaign and cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault, developed by the Center for American Progress with the White House. Syracuse University has signed on to become a campus partner in this campaign. The campaign invites everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us, and a declaration that sexual assault isn't just an issue involving a victim and a perpetrator, but one in which we all have a role to play to prevent it. 

It's On Us: To Be Prosocial Bystanders

With the empowered bystander approach, rather than focusing on men as potential perpetrators of violence, or women as victims or potential targets of abuse, the focus is on men and women and transgender individuals as prosocial bystanders who intervene in the face of abusive or harassing behavior, as well as provide support and assistance to their peers. 

Here at Syracuse University, interactive dialogue is at the heart of the Empowered Bystander approach to prevention education.  Through dialogue, we can work toward creating a culture that recognizes and supports the role of each individual community member in reducing sexual violence, harassment and abuse.

The main goal of the empowered bystander approach is to change behaviors and actually prevent violent incidents before they occur.  To accomplish this goal, the we have four primary aims:

  1. Raise awareness of behaviors that can be defined as verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse;
  2. Challenge mainstream messages about gender, sex, and violence;
  3. Create a safe environment for dialogue among men, women and transgender individuals, so that students may share their opinions and experiences; and
  4. Inspire leadership by empowering participants with concrete options to effect change in their respective communities and in their own lives.

It's On Us: To Be SU.R.E. We've Got Consent

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The Got Consent? Be SU.R.E. (Shared Understanding, Respectful, Enthusiastic) campaign aims to help students understand what consent is, what it is not, why you need it (including campus policy education), and how to ask for it. The campaign also addresses myths and misperceptions about what consent is and knowing when you have it, and approaches sexuality from a sex-positive approach.  The campaign is a collaboration of the Office of Health Promotion staff and peer educators and Hill Communications (a student-run public relations firm in the Newhouse School for Public Communications).