DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – April is a month dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault. St. Ambrose University is reaching out with a new campaign of caring and support challenging each and every person to be part of the solution.
Student’s faculty and even the university’s president have joined the fight against sexual violence in a new video being shared by the campus community.
“Creating a video is a great way to spread the campaign message,” said Stephanie Burns, president of a student organization against sexual violence.
SAU is one of hundreds of schools who have joined the nation-wide “IT’S ON US” campaign.
“It’s a super simple idea,” Burns said.
Burns, now a senior, has been a long-time advocate for raising awareness about this issue.
“I got involved my freshman year with the Sexual Assault Awareness Team,” she said.
The campus group puts on trainings and events to help educate their peers about sexual assault.
“We do training’s with new students, with leaders to try to get them to step in,” Burns said.
But the SAAT president says the video helps make all of their efforts more accessible.
“With this we’re kind of able to spread it more through social media and that’s so big today that it allows us to reach a wider audience,” she said.
The school’s Title IX coordinator, Megan Levetzow , wrote the script for SAU’s “IT’S ON US” video. She says the goal was simple.
“To provide prevention and tips just to get the conversation started,” Levetzow said.
It’s a job she undertakes every day at the school, as their first-ever full time Title IX coordinator.
“I am responsible for helping raise awareness and provide education and training at St. Ambrose,” she said.
And both Levetzow and Burns hope to see the video reach further than the St. Ambrose community.
“People are sharing it, liking it, trying to spread the word from our community to the bigger community of the Quad Cities,” Burns said
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault there are local resources avilable. You can find out more here: