Campaign brings sexual assault awareness to UofA

Greek Life members gathered together Nov. 8 to “paint the town teal” and tied teal colored ribbons across UA campus. (Photo by Andrea

Greek Life members gathered together Nov. 8 to “paint the town teal” and tied teal colored ribbons across UA campus. (Photo by Andrea Zepeda)

By Andrea Zepeda

The Razorback Reporter

Thousands of UofA students have taken the pledge against sexual assault on college campuses, said the coordinator for the White House-launched It’s On Us campaign.

In the weeks leading up to Sexual Assault Awareness Day, UA students filled Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using #WeARcommitted and a picture with a teal-colored map of Arkansas that included the hashtag and Nov. 4, Sexual Assault Awareness Day.

ASG along with several RSOs and Greek Life organizations sponsored Sexual Assault Awareness Day Nov. 4, when they set up a table outside the Union and asked students to pledge their commitment to stop sexual assault on college campuses.

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

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That evening, hundreds of students attended the “Red Talk Goes Teal” presented by ASG. During the Red Talk, Mayor Lioneld Jordan presented a proclamation to campus leaders explained how to report sexual abuse and how to handle difficult situations.

Speakers included UAPD Chief Steve Gahagans; a representative from the Support, Training, Advocacy, & Resources on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

Center; Rep. Greg Leding, D-Fayetteville; and Nicole Ferguson, interim Title IX coordinator for the UofA.

“Hopefully, these presentations help the male and the females understand better what can happen,” Gahagans said. His presentation was geared toward male students and he talked to them about consent.

The Sexual Assault Awareness Day was the starting point for the “It’s On Us” campaign presented by the Office of Greek Life.

“I heard about the program. I looked into it and instantly knew I was meant to bring it to the UofA,” said Darbie Kuykendall, president of Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Students stopped by the Union mall to sign their commitment against sexual assault. (Photo by Andrea Zepeda)

Students stopped by the Union mall to sign their commitment against sexual assault. (Photo by Andrea Zepeda)


During the week, students painted the town teal by tying ribbons across campus, setting up tables with ribbons and “It’s On Us” stickers that encouraged students to take the pledge. Other events included a New Greek member lecture on sexual assault and a Supporting Survivors rally in the Chi Omega Greek Theatre.

We have had about 2,000 students sign the pledge, junior Cathleen Lowe, said.

Many students were excited about participating on the day and the campaign.

“I hope that we – both faculty and students – continue to explore and educate ourselves on sexual misconduct and what we can do to rid the university of statistics that plague college campuses,” senior English major Lauren Boatright said.