February 3, 2016

North Atlantic Conference Takes a Stand: It's On Us Week of Action

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) designated January 24-30, 2016, as the NAC It's On Us Week of Action. Member institutions took action by participating in campus-wide programming kicked off by their athletics departments.

Throughout the week, over 1,500 students, staff and faculty at NAC member institutions took a stand to educate and inform their campus communities about the It's On Us campaign, pledging to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault on campus.

The common thread of the NAC campaign throughout the week was for member institutions to create a banner with the It's On Us logo which campus community members could sign with either their name or their handprint to promise not to be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution. In addition each school was given 99 co-branded NAC It's On Us bracelets to start the conversation, share the message and encourage action.

NAC campaign activities included:

  • Created informational fliers and banners to hang on campus
  • Sent email blasts to the campus community to take a stand
  • Set up informational tables and computers to sign the online pledge
  • Sponsored 50/50 raffles/contests in which half of the proceeds went to women's shelters
  • Organized pledge signing days at different areas on campus
  • Collaborated with campus wellness center's to continue to educate
  • Held Bystander Intervention training and team meetings to discuss "Consent"
  • Provided campus resource information on how to get help
  • Created Videos:  Colby-Sawyer   |   Green Mountain   |   Johnson State   |   New England College

Recognizing this is not just a one week initiative, the NAC is committed to continuing to inform and educate their campus communities. At the end of the day, all conference members understand that It's On Us, all of us!

It's On Us is a national campaign aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault. It's On Us invites everyone to step up and realize that the solution begins with us. It is a declaration that sexual assault is not only a crime committed by a perpetrator against a victim, but a societal problem in which all of us have a role to play. Simply go to itsonus.org and take the pledge.