Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Roadrunners take a stand against sexual violence at It’s on Us Call to Action Day

Roadrunners take a stand against sexual violence at It’s on Us Call to Action Day

UTSA students make a pledge to stand up against sexual assault.

(April 2, 2018) – Students, faculty and staff at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will stand up against sexual assault and misconduct at the 4th annual It’s on Us Call to Action Day. In support of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, the UTSA event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the Student Union Paseo on the UTSA Main Campus.

During It’s On Us-Call to Action Day, attendees will be asked to make the It’s On Us pledge, a personal commitment to keep women and men safe from sexual violence by becoming an active bystander. More than 20 exhibitors will provide information on sexual assault and sexual violence. The event will include interactive games, music and a photo booth where Roadrunners can take pictures and share how they are committing to be part of the solution.

The UTSA Police Department worked with several student organizations to host It’s on Us Call to Action Day, including the UTSA Interfraternity Council, the UTSA Pan-Hellenic Association, UTSA Health Services and Beaks Up, Speak Up.

“This event is part of a larger strategy to inspire a culture change that addresses and ends sexual violence, and opens lines of communications on how to report and educate the UTSA community about the resources and services available for survivors,” said Cpl. Maranda Tupper, who leads the UTSA Police Department Crime Prevention Unit.

UTSA offers more than 40 initiatives and educational events to students, faculty and staff.

Last year, former Interim President Pedro Reyes created a task force on preventing sexual violence. The task force researched best practices and submitted recommendations to UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. He then launched a new initiative to build on the report’s findings and recommendations.

As a result of these efforts, UTSA has expanded the staffing resources needed to address sexual misconduct prevention and survivor advocacy by opening the Department of Title IX Services. The new department integrates sexual assault awareness and prevention initiatives into daily campus life, supports individuals involved in sexual misconduct, harassment and violence cases, raises awareness of UTSA’s programs and services across campus, and coordinates expanded training for students, faculty and staff.

The UTSA community is encouraged to use the hashtags #EndSexualViolence,  #MyCampusMyVoice and #BeaksUpSpeakUp during It’s on Us Call to Action Day.

Take action against sexual assault by calling the Office of Equal Opportunity Services.

Report incidents anonymously using UTSA’s hotline.

Learn more about UTSA prevention partners and awareness campaigns.

Learn more about UTSA training for students and faculty and staff.

Connect with UTSA online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.