Sexual Assault Awareness - It’s on Us Campaign

“It’s On Us” aims to fundamentally shift the way we think about sexual assault, by inspiring everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault isn’t just an issue involving a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play. We are committed to creating an environment - be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus - where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. This effort will support student-led efforts already underway across the country, and will focus particularly on motivating college men to get involved.

We have a student-led campaign here at BGSU and the group has now met twice. One of the major focuses will be a campus-wide consent initiative.

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The responsibility of preventing sexual assault lies with the person initiating sexual behavior, as that is the person who has the power to stop what he or she is doing. With this in mind, these are things to consider when initiating sexual behavior:

Sexual assault is a crime and violation of both the Code of Student Conduct and BGSU Policy on Violence. As such, being found responsible for a Code of Student Conduct violation involving "sexual contact without permission" can result in a maximum sanction of expulsion from BGSU. Additionally, criminal charges could be brought forward as well as civil litigation within the court system.

Because sexual assault is a crime of power and control, the most important thing to consider when engaging in sexual behavior is the CONSENT of the other person involved. Only a person's consent gives one the right to engage in sexual contact. Therefore, consent must be many things, including:

  • Verbal and clear: Consent cannot be implied through seemingly "mixed" messages. One's sexual partner must be given every opportunity to communicate his/her wishes and limits on the degree of behavior that is initiated. No means no, and when in doubt, ask first.
  • Sober and unimpaired: Consent can only be given by a person who has full control of his or her mental capacities. A person who is substantially impaired is not legally in a position to give consent.
  • Consistent and prompt: Even if someone has agreed to be sexually involved with someone, that person has the right to withdraw consent at any time, even during behavior that might already be interpreted as sexual. Consent is not implied by the fact that dinner was bought for someone, or that the parties were sexually involved in the past or even if someone was perceived by the perpetrator as "willing."
  • Unforced and non-threatened: Use of force, threats, intimidation, or coercion is a willful denial of a person's right to freely give his/her consent.

The well-being of the other person is of the utmost importance during any sexual encounter. Be aware of what your partner is saying or not saying during an encounter. When in doubt about proceeding to the next level of intimacy, ask. Checking in with your partner about what you are doing is a way of sharing the power and control of the situation that was initiated by you with them. This keeps the interaction an equal and safe situation for both parties. 

Build the Best BG: Leave Your Mark at BGSU | August 25,  5 PM - 6 PM | BTSU Room 201

Join BG It's On Us, We Are One Team (WA1T), and Not in Our Town (NIOT) as the three organizations kick off the year. Learn about ways you can contribute to an inclusive, open, and safe environment at BGSU and truly make a difference. Free pizza and t-shirts to the first 100 people.

Hunting Ground Screening | Tentivately, Thursday, September 15
Consent | Wednesday, September 21, 6 - 7 PM | Business Administration 106
Healthy Relationships | Friday, September 23, 6 - 5 PM | Business Administration 106
National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week | Monday, October 17 - Saturday, October 22
Love Your Body Week  | Monday, October 17 - Saturday, October 22
Sex Signals | Tuesday, October 18, 8:45 - 10 PM | BTSU Ballroom
Consent | Friday, October 21, 4 - 5 PM | Business Administration 106
Healthy Relationships | Wednesday, October 26, 6 - 7 PM | Business Administration 117
National Week of Action | November 2016
Student Summit on Sexual Violence | Thursday, November 3, 9 AM - 4 PM | Columbus, OH
Consent | Wednesday, November 30, 6 - 7 PM | Business Administration 106
Healthy Relationships | Friday, December 2, 4 - 5 PM | Business Administration 103
Speaker: Rus Funk | March 29
National Week of Action | April 2017
5k and Dog Walk | Late Spring 2017

 

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Social Media Selfie Contest

BG It's On Us held a selfie contest in Fall 2015. Participants took a selfie with the It's On Us pledge, posted the selfie to social media, and captioned how they pledge to help end sexual assault and support survivors.

Faith DeNardo - Co-Chair
Director of Wellness Connection
Vicky Kulicke - Co-Chair
Equity and Diversity Officer in the Office of Equity and Diversity
Deanna WoodHouse
Equity and Diversity Assistant
Meghan Horn
Assistant Coordinator for Student Athletic Services
Arielle Patty
Advocate from The Cocoon
Brooke Martin
Student in Marketing for Recreation and Wellness

It's On Us

The videos below were made by Planned Parenthood. The videos explain what consent is and what consent looks like.

How Do You Know if Someone Wants to Have Sex with You?

The only way to know if someone wants to have sex with you is to ask. Consent is about asking, and listening to the answer.

When You know They're Into It

Enthusiastic consent is when both people are clearly into what's happening. Here's what that looks like.

When They're Kinda Into It

Sometimes your partner looks unsure, isn't totally into it, or needs to talk about things before moving forward. Here's how to pause and check in with your partner.