KU Athletics Joins 'It's On Us' Campaign to Stop Sexual Assault
Kansas Athletics and its student-athletes, through the Jayhawk Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, have joined a campus- and nation-wide awareness campaign to stop sexual assualt on campuses and in communities. Kansas head coaches Bill Self (men’s basketball) and David Beaty (football) joined nine Jayhawk student-athletes and campus leaders, including Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Student Body President Morgan Said, KU Army ROTC cadet Garrett Farlow, National Pan-Hellenic Council President Camille Douglas, Inter-Fraternity Council President Chris Pyle and Panhellinic President Hannah Reinhart, in a video message encouraging all Jayhawks to step up and be part of the solution.
Kansas student-athletes in the video include, Briana Pina (rowing), Michael Stigler (track & field), Rhavean King (track & field), Jackie Georgoulis (soccer), Stephen Villines (baseball), Chanin Naudin (softball), David Auer (golf), Michelle Woods (golf), Wayne Selden (basketball) and Tony Pierson (football).
It’s on us — all of us — to stop sexual assault. Here are a few tips on what you can do to be part of the solution:
- Talk to your friends honestly and openly about sexual assault.
- Don’t just be a bystander — if you see something, intervene in any way you can.
- Trust your gut. If something looks like it might be a bad situation, it probably is.
- Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.
- Get someone to help you if you see something — enlist a friend, RA, bartender, or host to help step in.
- Keep an eye on someone who has had too much to drink.
- If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
- Recognize the potential danger of someone who talks about planning to target another person at a party.
- Be aware if someone is deliberately trying to intoxicate, isolate, or corner someone else.
- Get in the way by creating a distraction, drawing attention to the situation, or separating them.
- Understand that if someone does not or cannot consent to sex, it’s rape.
- Never blame the victim.
If you are a victim or survivor, or helping someone in that situation, go to notalone.gov or visit the sites below to get the resources and information you need. You can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
The NCAA, Big Ten conferences, MTV, VH1, and a few others you might recognize have already made a personal commitment to help stop sexual assault. See why — then join them in taking the pledge at ItsOnUs.org.
- KU Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence Website
- Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: Information for Students Brochure (.pdf)
- The University of Kansas Prohibits Sexual Harassment Brochure (.pdf)
- Consenting Relationships Brochure (.pdf)