If you're sending a child off to college this fall, sexual assault and personal safety might be bigger concerns than good grades and making sure your kid goes to class. Celeb mom Zoe Saldana, along with lots of our favorite celebs and parents—such as Kerry Washington, Mayim Bialik and even President Obama—are joining forces to use their influence to stop sexual assault, especially on college campuses.
The campaign website includes information on recognizing nonconsensual sex as sexual assault, how to identify situations where sexual assault may happen, how to intervene in a situation where consent hasn't been given or can't be give, and how to create an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported instead of blamed.
In another PSA video directed at young men and set in a house party, a girl who looks inebriated walks through a party as the narrator encourages collegiate men to be the guy who stops sexual assaults instead of being a bystander.
Tips shared on the website for college students include:
Past consent does not mean current or future consent.
There is no consent when there is force, intimidation or coercion.
One cannot always consent if under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
If you see someone who is too intoxicated to consent, enlist their friends to help them leave safely.
Take the pledge to stop campus sexual assault at itsonus.org/#pledge and share with your college student.