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ISU Organizations Take the Pledge for It’s On Us Event

ISU Organizations Take the Pledge for It’s On Us Event

Attendees watch a presentation given as a part of the It’s on Us: Take the Pledge program in the Prairie Room in the Bone Student Center on Tuesday night (Credit: Nick Landi/WZND).

NORMAL- Multiple Illinois State University organizations gathered on Tuesday night to participate in a program called It’s On Us: Take the Pledge.

Based on the national movement called It’s On Us, the event gave those in attendance the chance to find out what campus organizations and offices are doing to bring visibility to sexual violence as well as what steps they are taking to fight rape culture. Groups such as the Student Government Association, ISU Pride, and Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empowerment (F.L.A.M.E.) had tables set up in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center with representatives from each organization there to speak with participants.

“Our university still has a long way to go on consent and on teaching students about consent and making sure that those rules and policies are upheld properly,” F.L.A.M.E. President Delaney Auth said. “So it’s always good to kind of get people in the same room talking about it and start a dialogue.”

The program also included a presentation from the Student Government Association about the It’s On Us movement and what its core values are. ISU Vice President for Student Affairs Levester Johnson attended the occasion. He hopes others take the title of the movement to heart.

“I think the title of the program says it all,” Johnson said. “It’s on us. That means it’s on everyone. It’s on the community, it’s on every student in order to take a fair charge for owning this issue, owning this challenge as it relates to sexual misconduct and us preventing incidents from occurring  on our college campus.”

The event lasted from 5-7 p.m

 

Ashley Antonini contributed to this story.

Nick Landi

December 5th, 2017

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