You may have noticed a distinct change around the SB Nation blogging community recently. The team-oriented logos that sit in the top left corner of our blogs now read "It's On Us."
It's On Us is a campaign to stop sexual assault around the nation, and specifically on college campuses that was started by the White House in September of last year, and this is SB Nation's second straight year participating in the effort.
Businesses and organizations from all over the country support the initiative, such as Electronic Arts, BET and MTV.
This may be a sports blog, and I know there several places out there on the internet where a campaign like this may seem more fitting, but the bottom line is that this is an effort that will take all of us if we want to end the horrendous rates of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States.
1-in-6 women and 1-in-16 men will be sexually abused or assaulted while in college. Think about that.
That amounts to hundreds-of-thousands of men and women who will be emotionally and/or physically scarred for the rest of their lives.
This is a touchy subject that many forget about, but we all must realize that sexual assault is a plague on our nation's well being. It can affect anyone. It could be your neighbor, the kid down the street, your son or your daughter.
That's why It's On Us. That's why this is not a partisan issue. This is an issue that affects everyone. It's up to each and every one of us to make sure this continues to not be a nation of bystanders, but a nation that takes action in the face of adversity and hardship.
We're facing a crisis on our college campuses and around the country.
Will you speak up?
Will you take action?