Here’s How Students are Raising Awareness of Sexual Assault on My Campus

One in five college women are survivors of sexual assault. Whether it’s you, a friend, or a classmate, this issue has affected all of us either directly or indirectly. Although sexual assault can be a tough topic to talk about, it's our responsibility to step up and engage in these important conversations as college students. That’s why I joined Not On My Campus, a sexual assault awareness organization, at the University of Alabama. 

What is Not On My Campus?

Not On My Campus (NOMC) is a student-led organization dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault and encouraging a safer community on campus. Our goal is to uplift and support the voices of survivors, inform students about on-campus resources, and raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault on campus. Throughout the school year, we host fundraising events for local women’s health and counseling centers for survivors. 

NOMC understands that sexual assault is also a men’s issue, which is why Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) was formed in 2019 as parallel branch of NOMC. MARS works to educate male peers on the reality of sexual assault on campus, and how they can help prevent it. 

"There remains what seems to be an impenetrable wall of silence around violence and we must all play a role in breaking this silence." -Reese Witherspoon  

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How you can get involved 

If you’re looking for ways to get involved with sexual assault awareness and prevention on your campus, check to see if your school has their own chapter of Not On My Campus. If not, you can start your very own chapter. 

This chapter doesn't need to be show stopping or the biggest one in the country. The most important part of starting your own chapter is your intention of helping to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault at universities and colleges across the country. Get together some like minded people and join us in our fight to ending sexual assault on college campuses!