Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus

Sexual violence is the most common violent crime on American college campuses.  National data suggests that 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men experience some form of sexual violence during their college years. To represent these numbers in a vivid and compelling way, we placed 3,521 black flags and 792 blue flags in a highly trafficked corner of campus as a visual representation of what that data would look like for FAU.

Stop for a second when you walk by. Take a breath. It can be overwhelming to think what these flags truly represent– your peers or even yourself.

Sexual assault should never be part of the college experience. So let’s take a look at why sexual assault happens. Sexual assault is an act of power and control. Sexual assault on campus doesn’t happen because of what the person was wearing, because someone drank too much at a party, or because of a miscommunication. Sexual assault happens because the perpetrator has a need for power and control over another person.

It’s sad to think this can happen, even on our campus. Campuses across the nation have joined President Obama’s “It’s On Us” initiative to combat sexual assault by

RECOGNIZING that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.

IDENTIFYING situations in which sexual assault may occur.

INTERVENING in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.

CREATING an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

So What Can You Do?

1. Understand What Consent Means.

  • Consent means an ongoing, enthusiastic, informed, freely-give, sober “Yes”
  • “No” means “no”
  • Both people need to consent
  • Consent CANNOT be given by anyone who has taken drugs and/or alcohol, who is unconscious, or  is sleeping
  • Talk with your partner and check-in
  1. Take The Pledge To End Sexual Assault.
  2. Join us during Sexual Assault Awareness month and help us build awareness on our campus by using ‪#‎NotatOURuniversity in your social media posts related to sexual assault and participating in our events.
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