‘It’s On Us’ Promotes Healthy Relationships

CARE will have an official campaign kick-off event at the bell tower on Wednesday, April 12

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and UCR’s Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) center is presenting events and educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty members all month.

CARE invites the entire campus community to join the “It’s On Us” campaign kickoff, set for Wednesday, April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Other It’s On Us events begin this week.

The campaign’s goal is to cultivate a campus culture whereby everyone understands what sexual consent is, said Assistant Director and CARE Advocate, Karla Aguilar.

The kick-off event, presented in collaboration with the Student Life office, will recognize the importance of “integrity” as one of the pillars of Tartan Soul (Integrity, Accountability, Excellence and Respect). Aguilar said there will be about 20 programs for April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month on campus, including trainings, film screenings, yoga sessions, and athletic events.

Aguilar said this year’s “It’s On Us” campaign is focusing specifically on sexual violence, which can range from assault, to dating and domestic violence, to stalking.

“We really wanted to make it more inclusive in terms of who we’re reaching out to. Faculty and staff are also impacted, whether it’s their students who are walking into their office, or whether it’s themselves needing more information and support,” Aguilar said.

“It’s a call to action, one to show solidarity. Not only for the issue of sexual violence but really how [sexual violence] intersects other types of issues…when it comes to finding solidarity for survivors, or for bystanders, it really takes an entire community,” Aguilar said.

The Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE) center is presenting events for students, staff, and faculty.

Participants who visit several display stations at the kick-off event will receive t-shirts or other CARE giveaways.

CARE’s April schedule of events:

Victims’ Rights Candle Vigil and Memorial Wall Dedication

  • Thursday, April 6: 7 p.m. hosted by the Family Justice Center and District Attorney’s Office in Riverside. The vigil will take place at the Riverside County Historic Courthouse, 4050 Main Street in Riverside.

Mindful Mondays: Recharging for Activists

  • Monday, April 10: Noon to 1 p.m. at the HUB 260. This is an opportunity to learn breathing techniques and the importance of self care.

Yoga As Healing

  • Tuesday, April 11: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at HUB 260. Explore the benefits of mindfulness. This session is opened for everyone impacted by violence. Limited yoga mats will be provided.

It’s On Us Nooner Kick-Off

  • Wednesday, April 12: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the bell tower. Celebrate solidarity, diversity, and community, plus enjoy live music. Free giveaways will be distributed.

Title IX Responsible Employee Training: Supporting Students and Peers

  • Thursday, April 13: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the HUB 265. Meet UCR’s Title IX staff and CARE staff and learn about resources, policies and trauma-informed strategies to support students, peers and sexual violence disclosures.

For a complete list of “It’s On Us” events, visit the CARE Facebook event calendar. 

Follow CARE on Instagram @UCRCARE and Facebook @UCRCARE

More information on “It’s On Us.”

How to contact the CARE center: 

  • Located at Surge, 3rd floor, suites 384 and 386
  • Call (951) 827-6225 and ask to speak to an advocate
  • Email a CARE advocate at: advocate@ucr.edu
  • Visite their website: care.ucr.edu
  • Take the pledge to stand against sexual assault

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