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Take the It’s On Us Pledge

September 16, 2015

Loyola Students,

As we embark on this new academic year, I invite you to join me in participating in the It's On Us campaign, which addresses and prevents gender-based violence. Loyola University Chicago is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community, and this campaign is an important way for all of us to be part of the solution rather than bystanders to the problem.

The It's On Us program is designed to frame sexual assault in a way that reminds us that it is our responsibility to speak up, or step in, to prevent it. We are all responsible for ensuring that our residence halls, clubs, sports teams, social gatherings, and our campuses, as a whole, are safe environments, free from sexual assault. As students, faculty, and staff here, it's on us to make that happen.

We are committed to preventing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other forms of gender-based violence, and to uphold our promise to care for ourselves, each other, and our community. In the coming weeks, you will receive information regarding events to raise awareness of these issues and programs to engage our campus community in how best to meet the needs of our students in both responding to, and preventing, gender-based violence.

Please be reminded that there are resources and reporting options on campus and off campus that are available to all students. Loyola's confidential Sexual Assault Advocacy Line staff are available to assist you from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 24/7 over the weekends at 773-494-3810, and the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline is an additional resource and can be reached at 888-293-2080.

Please join me in taking the pledge to participate at ItsOnUs.org. I hope you each have a safe and happy year here at Loyola.

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Interim President