'It's On Us' initiative aims to stop sexual assaults on campus

'It's On Us' initiative aims to stop sexual assaults on campus

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A new campaign is urging Cincinnatians to do their part in putting a stop to sexual assaults on college campuses.

One in four women and one in sixteen men are targets of sexual assault while at college, according to Kate Lawson, a Title IX officer and Xavier University.

Lawson joined Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and members of the city's Task Force to Reduce Campus Gender-Based Violence Tuesday to introduce the "It's On Us" campaign.

The campaign is part of a White House initiative encouraging bystanders to be a part of the solution when it comes to sexual assault on college campuses.

"It's On Us Cincinnati strives to educate individuals, not just in a students' school, but in her or his entire community," said Lawson.

The task force also introduced an online portal for victims' services. The portal emphasizes the availability and value of confidential advocacy support for survivors.

"A student is much more likely to report to a school or to law enforcement authorities if she or he has a safe supportive space at which they can learn about their options and their rights and be able to consider what is best for them," said Kristin Shrimplin, Executive Director of Women Helping Women. "This puts the survivors in the driver's seat, where they belong."

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