GW Athletics Participates in It's On Us National Week of Action
Student-Athletes Sign Pledge to End Sexual Assaults on College Campuses
During the It's On Us National Week of Action this week, students at the George Washington University engaged in multiple activities to further the nationwide effort led by the White House to end sexual assaults on college campuses, with GW student-athletes playing a prominent role.
On Monday, student-athletes joined their classmates in signing the It's On Us pledge, acknowledging that each and every one of us can play a crucial role in stopping the atrocity of sexual assault and violence.
GW Athletics will also air It's On Us public service announcements in-game during basketball games and on telecasts and streamed productions on CSN Mid-Atlantic, RaiseHigh.tv and RaiseHigh Live.
As GW's Director of Athletics and Recreation acknowledged in September before attending the White House's announcement of the start of the campaign, "the statistics are shockingly clear."
"Sexual assault is occurring at an alarming rate on college campuses across our country," said Patrick Nero. "It is time to shine a strong light on this issue and to all work together to put an end to it. Our students and student-athletes can play a role in encouraging dialogue and action on this issue. We see this as an opportunity for them to take the lead on an issue so critical in our society."
One in five women in the US is sexually assaulted while in college, and most of those assaults occur during their freshman or sophomore years. In the majority of cases, the victim knows her attacker and only 12 percent report the crime.
Six male student-athletes teamed with Mr. Nero and Men's Head Basketball Coach Mike Lonergan to shoot GW Athletics' PSA, joining the President of the United States Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden with the focus of engaging men in the movement. Dozens of students at the George Washington University also participated in the making of public service announcements for the campaign.
As part of GW Athletics' continuing efforts to educate and inform students on this issue, student-athletes and club sport athletes will undergo further training on how they can be part of the solution to end sexual assault.