It's On Us

It’s On Us was launched in September 2014 as an initiative of the Obama-Biden White House. IOU has since grown to be a nonprofit program dedicated to college sexual assault prevention and survivor support activating students on hundreds of campuses in our awareness and education programs.

What does IOU look like at IUPUI?

Every April, It’s On Us hosts a month of events and programming around sexual assault awareness and prevention. This month of events features IOU events, events led by student organizations and greek life, and different offices across campus, as well as four annual events.

The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. At IUPUI, this event is defined by a display of decorated t-shirts on a clothesline. Each t-shirt represents the story of a survivor.

Take Back the Night is an international event with the goal of raising awareness around sexual violence and it’s prevention, supporting survivors and their healing process, and ending sexual violence in all its forms. TBTN is a survivor-centered event, that begins with a march and ends with a speak-out, during which survivors of sexual violence and the their allies share personal stories of how sexual violence has impacted their lives.
At IUPUI Take Back the Night is usually held towards the end of April, in collaboration with student Orgs. The event usually begins with an opening speaker (usually committee member), followed by a march (usually 1 mile around campus) and then a speak-out session where survivors and allies share their stories. There is a closing speech. There have been years where the event started with a speak out and then a march.

Denim Day is an annual sexual violence prevention and education campaign where we ask all of campus to join us in solidarity against sexual assault and rape culture on campus.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IOU Gala has been postponed for the time being.