Marywood University Hosts “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week

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Healthy relationships and violence prevention will be the focus of Marywood University’s “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week scheduled for Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 2020.

Marywood University will, for the sixth year, be joining thousands of schools from around the country to take part in the national “It’s On Us” campaign to end relationship violence and sexual assault. “It’s On Us” is a growing nation-wide cultural movement aimed at fundamentally shifting the way we think about sexual assault in a way that inspires everyone to see it as their responsibility to do something big, or small, to prevent it. The statistics about campus sexual assault are staggering: one in five women and one in sixteen men will be sexually assaulted during his or her time on a college campus. It is time that we stand up and say no more to this epidemic.

This weeklong event at Marywood University is sponsored by the Counseling/Student Development Center(C/SDC) and Peers on Wellness (POW). It is supported for the second year by the Pennsylvania Governor’s It’s on Us PA Grant Program.

The goal is to engage Marywood’s community through raising awareness and providing educational material to reinforce that everyone has a role to play in stopping sexual violence and creating healthy relationships.

Events planned for the week include:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 – Poster Scavenger Hunt. Marywood students willstart “It’s On Us” week by searching through buildings on campus for educational posters on topics ranging from sexual assault awareness and consent to self-care and healthy communication skills. Each poster has its own unique QR code which can be scanned to access a PDF with more information on each topic. Each poster also has its own puzzle piece – put all 8 pieces together, sign the puzzle, and upload a picture of it to the online “It’s On Us” pledge website by Friday night to have the chance to win a prize basket or a gift card.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Zoom, 7-9 p.m.) Because I Love You Workshop & Discussion Words Matter. Phrases like “because I love you” hold a lot of power in relationships and can be used for manipulation and control. This film and discussion encourage students to reflect on how words can be used as control tactics in unhealthy relationships. Small group discussions, led by trained students, will follow the film.  Discussion participation earns students one raffle entry for the giveaway.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Various campus locations) Throughout campus, students will find wanted signs for each of the six main characters of the TV Show, FRIENDS. Take note about what makes each character a good friend, even though they are not perfect. Check out our social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/marywoodcsdc and Instagram @marywooduniversity_csdc, to see how groups around campus define healthy friendships.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (Zoom, 7-9 p.m.) Bystander Engagement Workshop “It’s On Us” means we have to share responsibility for the safety of the campus community. We can accomplish this through Bystander Engagement. The C/SDC, joined by Marywood University Health Services, Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, and the Lackawanna County Women’s Resource Center, will host a showing of the film Intervene along with a presentation by Marywood C/SDC peers. An interactive dialogue will follow on Zoom discussing ways students can safely intervene in an act of violence or the acts leading up to violence. Students will engage in scenarios that are based on real-life situations that students face from across the nation. Participation earns students one raffle entry for the giveaway.
  • Thursday, Oct. 22 (Trailer and Giveaway at Drive-In Movie, 9 p.m.)—Watcha short film created by C/SDC trainees and staff about the scary truths of campus sexual assaults before watching Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at Marywood’s Drive-In Theatre. Stay tuned for “It’s On Us” giveaways throughout the movie.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 (Online): Take the “It’s On Us” Pledge—Be a part of the solution. Check your Marywood email for a link to sign our virtual “It’s On Us” pledge to prevent campus sexual assault. Once it is signed, the pledge will be printed and displayed on campus. Each student signature earns one raffle entry. Giveaway winners will be announced via email on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Join us and pledge to be part of the solution. “IT’S ON US.” All of us! 

For additional information about “It’s On Us” Healthy Relationships Week at Marywood University, please contact the Counseling/Student Development Center, at (570) 348-6245, or visit marywood.edu/csdc/index.html.