Two Seniors Bring National “It’s On Us” Initiative to Fordham

By ELIZABETH LANDRY
Asst. News Editor

A new student group is aiming to expand campus dialogue on sexual and domestic assault and violence prevention with all-new programming this October.

The It’s On Us Coalition, a United Student Government (USG) committee spearheaded by Lexi McMenamin, Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) ’17, and Monica Sobrin, Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH) ’17, will invite students to participate in a cross-campus Week of Action with the help of USG, the Office of Residential Life and the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice.

Sobrin has worked with the national organization It’s On Us since May, when she became a member of their national Student Advisory Committee. The Facebook page for this initiative against sexual and relationship violence on college campuses, started by President Barack Obama’s administration in fall of 2014, states its mission as “Raising awareness. Holding ourselves and each other accountable. Looking out for someone who cannot consent.”

The Lincoln Center campus on Oct. 11-14 will feature interactive events, talks, a Take Back the Night open-mic event and a screening and talkback on “The Hunting Ground,” a 2015 documentary on sexual violence on college campuses. At Rose Hill, students will be able to participate in the Clothesline Project, where survivors of sexual violence can anonymously write their experiences on T-shirts to be displayed on campus.

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