Standing up for survivors of sexual assault

By Casey Gale
Students, faculty and staff braved the cold and rallied together to end sexual violence at the “It’s on Us” rally on Nov. 18. Susan Stahley, the alcohol, drug and sexual assault education coordinator, hosted the rally to shed light on “It’s on Us,” a campaign that declares that ending sexual violence on college campuses is everyone’s responsibility.
Stahley; Anthony Campbell, dean of students; Nikki Scalia, senior public relations major and president of Greek life; and Liz Zadnik, capacity building specialist at the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault spoke during the event, held in the Student Recreation Center atrium.
“Campus sexual assault is not new, but the recent increase in attention and awareness gives us a better chance to meet the needs of survivors, support and strengthen institutional responses, and celebrate innovative ways to create lasting change on college campuses,” said Zadnik . “‘It’s On Us’ gives us a great opportunity to look deeper, and for us to create change in how we relate to one another and how we see ourselves as a collective campus community.”
During the rally, Campbell announced the launch of the Rider Men’s Project, which aims to prevent any personal violence or abuse within the community by exploring the male identity through education and mentoring.
The night concluded with attendees taking the “It’s on Us” pledge to commit to keep others safe from sexual assault.

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