Butler students launch project to raise awareness on sexual assault

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Butler University is getting involved in their version of President Barack Obama’s “It’s On Us” campaign.

Students at the school held their Stand Up Tall awareness project last week. They asked students to answer this question: what would you say to a sexual assault victim?

“It took them a minute, it took them a few minutes to think about what they actually would say because its a really hard thing to deal with,” said Noelle Rich who organized the project.

Federal data shows 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted while attending college.

The imitative was campus-wide. Messages were written on whiteboards and the university president, dining hall staff, and Butler Police all took part in it.

“It showed that people really do care and think that people may think they’re alone because they won’t understand but I think people don’t realize there are people here to listen,” said freshman Emma Harris.

“It was very enlightening to see the women were supporting but also men supporting so it’s very important to reach that demographic too,” said junior Moe Simmons.

President Obama’s campaign is also focusing on men because they’re often the perpetrators. Butler’s program prompted the Phi Delta Theta fraternity to take action.

“I actually led a discussion at my fraternity about sexual assault and what it means to be a man on campus,” said Adam Dietz a junior in the fraternity. He led the discussion and said at first, many rolled their eyes but they soon got the message.

“After having a conversation some of it really hits home with guys because they know people who’ve been victims,” Dietz said.

“We wanted to show that fraternity life is not what they movies often show,” said Drew Horn, a brother in the fraternity.

“Even if it was just one person that may be reached out or felt like they were supported from the Butler community, I think that’s worth it,” said Rich.

The campus says they are planning more events throughout the year to bring awareness to this issue.

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