About It’s On US
It’s On Us is a national movement that has work to bring awareness to issues around sexual misconduct. In winter 2020, Pitt was awarded an It’s On Us Governor’s Grant for the prevention of sexual misconduct. In 2019, the University of Pittsburgh participated in the Association of American Universities (AAU) Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. The results found that almost 26% of undergraduate women and 6.6% of undergraduate men reported experiencing sexual violence while students at Pitt. The results of this survey highlighted an urgency to review and build upon current prevention strategies and partnerships and to bring awareness to University resources and reporting options. Pitt’s It’s On Us grant helps the University further its work in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct on campus through mini-workshops and SETPoint training.
Through a partnership between SAFE (Sexual Assault Facilitation and Education) and PantherWell peer educators, Pitt organizations can participate in brief educational workshops aimed at engaging thousands of Pitt students in an interactive dialogue around consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention strategies. As part of the work shop participants also create banners with messages of support for survivors or for wide-spread cultural change. The banners will be part of a virtual display on the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webpage.
It’s On Us mini-workshops are now available! This workshop can be held as a brief stand-alone program, or included as part of a meeting, training, or event. These workshops typically run about 25 minutes in length. At this time, the mini-workshops are offered in a virtual format for everyone’s safety and well-being.
The setting boundaries training can be requested for groups of 12 or more. Setting boundaries is a key aspect of healthy relationships – in love, with friends and family, in social environments, and at school and work. It’s also one of the most difficult self-defense tools to master. In this session we will:
- Consider ways to reflect on and define our own personal boundaries.
- Learn to use our bodies to maintain personal space.
- Practice using our voices to clearly define our consent, or lack of consent, in different scenario-based situations.
- Consider ways that various power dynamics may impact our ability to set boundaries.
Situational Awareness: Reading and reacting to physical and behavioral clues
The situational awareness training can be requested for groups of 12 or more. Paying attention to our surroundings – both physical and behavioral – can help us recognize early warning signs that may warrant a response. In this session, we’ll discuss techniques for maintaining awareness of our physical surroundings, and we’ll consider the behavioral signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and the often fuzzy lines between the two. Participants will learn to consider their own intuitive response mechanism as well as the biological responses that can be triggered by stressful situations.
The It’s On Us Banners are a creative way for students to share their support for survivors and the importance of cultural change to create a safe and supportive campus.
All members the campus community are invited to share their support by participating in this campaign. There are two ways to submit your message(s) of support for the It’s ON Us banner project: 1) Using Instagram, you can post your message using the hashtag #ItsOnUsPitt or, 2) if you do not have Instagram, or wish to submit anonymously you can submit it here.
To support Pitt’s efforts in campus safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, the campaign display will be held virtually at this time on OEDI’s website (LINK) However, once it is safe to return to in person events, we look forward to continuing these efforts and events in person, including a physical banner campaign and in-person events to show Pitt’s commitment to creating a safe and supportive campus for everyone.