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Penn State Kicks Off ‘It’s On Us’ Week Of Action Against Sexual Violence February 20

Penn State’s second annual “It’s On Us” Week of Action against sexual violence begins today, February 20.

The week of activities provides opportunities to support sexual assault survivors and spread awareness at Penn State.

The Gender Equity Center, in collaboration with other Penn State offices, helped create educational workshops throughout the Week of Action to teach students about sexual assault, relationship violence, discrimination, how to recognize these concepts, how to assist survivors, and more.

“The It’s On Us campaign is about creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals who may feel voiceless or marginalized and ensuring that they receive the support and resources they need to heal and recover,” Sabrina Delgado, president of It’s On Us Penn State, said. “Driven by my own personal experiences and the inspiring stories of others who have been supported by this organization, I truly believe that it is on us to be the change we need to prevent and end sexual violence on campus.”

Three workshops will be interactive and peer-led. Registration is required prior to each event. Attendees will also receive a free “It’s On Us” t-shirt as supplies last.

Sexual Citizenship

In this workshop, students can talk about “taboo” sex topics that are stereotyped. Mentors will lead the conversation in sex, consent, boundaries, relationships, and more in a safe environment. Participants will take the skills learned in this workshop and apply them to their intended partners when comfortable.

The hour-long workshop is slated for:

  • Tuesday, February 21 — noon in HUB 327 and 5 p.m. in Thomas 118
  • Wednesday, February 22 — 1 p.m. in HUB 134
  • Friday, February 24 — noon in HUB 325 and 2 p.m in Boucke 216

Beyond The Binary

Conversations about gender stereotypes, gender identity, gender spectrum, and gender roles and oppression will be held. Participants will also be able to reflect on their personal privileges and identities.

The hour-long workshop is slated for:

  • Tuesday, February 21 — noon in HUB 325 and 3 p.m. in Thomas 118
  • Wednesday, February 22 — noon in HUB 134 and 4:30 p.m. in HUB 134
  • Thursday, February 23 — 3 p.m. in Willard 270

Gender, Race, & Power

In this workshop, you’ll learn about the five faces of oppression. Discussions about sexual violence as a form of oppression will be on the table and will highlight consent and victim-blaming, particularly relating to marginalized communities

The hour-long workshop is slated for:

  • Monday, February 20 — 4:30 p.m. in Thomas 120
  • Tuesday, February 21 — 6 p.m. in Thomas 121
  • Wednesday, February 22 — 2 p.m. in HUB 134 and 5 p.m. in Thomas 110
  • Thursday, February 23 — 5 p.m. in Thomas 124

If you can’t make it to the workshops provided, you can request It’s On Us to host its programs for organizations or events.

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