California State University, Northridge fans who attended the men’s basketball game against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 25 were able to take part in It’s On Us, an initiative encouraging people to take the pledge to keep men and women safe from sexual assault.
The event, which began an hour before tip-off, allowed fans to sign the pledge to receive a free It’s On Us T-shirt.
“It’s great that we are able to spread the word about sexual assault on campus,” CSUN sophomore Luis Calderon said. “It’s On Us helps bring everything into perspective instead of just letting it slide.”
Calderon, a member of CSUN’s golf team, tabled during the event with his teammate Conrad White.
“Victims [of sexual assault] suffer tremendously so we are here to show our support for them and show they are not alone,” White said.
President Barack Obama originally launched It’s On Us in September 2014 in order to spread awareness about sexual assault on college campuses.
The Obama administration has taken steps to end sexual assault by sending guidance to school districts, colleges and universities that receive federal funding on their legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault.
Before Lady Gaga performed her and CSUN alumna Diane Warren’s song Til It Happens to You at the 2016 Academy Awards, Vice President Joe Biden stepped on stage to speak about abuse and sexual assault on college campuses and asked everyone to sign the It’s On Us pledge.
To sign the pledge and help spread awareness of sexual assault, visit the It’s On Us website.