Thursday, March 10, 2016

It's On Us at EIU!

By: Erin Marincic | Intern
EIU Student Government leads the efforts of the It's On Us Campaign at EIU!  We are proud to be a part of this nationally recognized campaign combating the issue of sexual violence on college campuses.
By taking the pledge you are making "a personal commitment to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault. It is a promise to not be a bystander to the problem, but to be a part of the solution." (It’s on Us, 2015) 
  1. Consent does not need to be given unless oral, anal, or vaginal sex is requested.
    False: Consent must be given for all types of sexual activity including oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
  2. The absence of a no does not mean a yes.
    True: Just because a person does not say no verbally does not mean their partner can continue in sexual activity.
  3. Being a bystander means helping someone in a risky situation.
    False: Being an ACTIVE bystander means helping someone in a risky situation (Remember telling someone- calling 911 or using a campus/community resource IS Stepping Up!
Support the Campaign
It’s On Us at EIU to step up to help end sexual violence. Below are a few ways you can help support this campaign and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Take the pledge by going to
  • Continue to support and spread the word by attending Bystander Intervention trainings to gain the skills and knowledge to Step Up!
  • Check out the MLK Union bookstore to purchase an It’s On Us t-shirt for under $10 with tax!
What is Consent?
As a reminder, below are five ways to outline consent according to EIU Student Conduct Code:
  1. Consent is a freely given, clear, unambiguous agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.
  2. Lack of verbal or physical resistance or submission by a person resulting from the use of force or threat of force by another person shall not constitute consent.
  3. Consent is deemed incapable of being given if the person's physical and/or mental control is markedly diminished as the result of alcohol, other drugs, illness, injury, or any other reason.
  4. Consent must be given each time the participants engage in sexual activity.
  5. Consent given on a prior occasion does not indicate future consent, and consent may be revoked at any time.
Lastly, click the following link to watch the EIU It’s On Us video. Please feel free to share on all forms of social media!

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