All week long here at TCU the weather has been great and a campaign called, "Not On My Campus" has been defying the odds by making a bold statement. The bold statement is:
Sexual Assault will not happen on my campus.
Did you know that 1/4 of women will be sexually assaulted?
Did you know that 1/16 men will be sexually assaulted? (yes that's a thing)
Did you know that 90% of the time the victim will know the perpetrator?
Did you know that TCU is making a bold step to end this on our campus?
Everyday this week we've had various stations set up on campus where students are encouraged to come by and write "Not On My Campus" on their hand in black sharpie. There photo is taken on a camera and students are encouraged to post on their personal social media accounts to attempt to stop sexual assault on their campus. These pictures have been all over social media all week long and when scrolling through my timeline, they do stand out. Thinking about how many people use social media and how many people have posted, it would be very hard to miss. I think about all the people who are now aware of such an alarming issue. This is not just the case at TCU, but all over the world. It is so heartbreaking to think this happens and nothing has been done about it, but oh am I wrong about thinking that nothing can be done to help fix the issue. TCU is proof that something can be done and that makes me thankful I chose to attend this
Cody Westphal, Student Body President, a brother and a friend of mine has worked so hard to raise awareness for this topic all year long while I have been here. He, along with the rest of SGA, have done an amazing job that makes students, faculty, and alumni proud to be tied to this university. As a student, I am thankful for the work they are doing to stop this issue on our campus. I am also proud of the student body, who has gone and gotten their picture taken this week. If you have not, I highly encourage it. It is beautiful weather, which makes for a great picture. Stating at 11 they are in various places around campus- it's kind of hard to miss them. If you're really interested and need more information then feel free to ask, or check out their Facebook page, "Not on my campus!"
Even if you don't have questions please go and look at all the photos and articles surrounding this topic. It is amazing how such a little place and small amount of people can make such a huge difference. I am thankful for this movement and I am thankful for what God has placed in the hearts of individuals here at TCU. Together we can put a stop to this... Together this will not happen on our campus, and for that I am thankful!
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!