Stand Together. Act Now. Do Something.
That’s the message behind Emerson STANDS, an ongoing active bystander strategy that promotes an inclusive, nonviolent culture and offers skills to intervene in situations of potential harm.
On Thursday, March 26, Violence Prevention and Response released a video public service announcement on YouTube featuring numerous Emerson students, faculty, and staff, including President Lee Pelton, encouraging the Emerson community to join in solidarity against sexual assault, stalking, abusive relationships, and other forms of violence.
“It’s inspiring to see so many people from the Emerson community united to help stem the tide of violence in our culture,” said Melanie Matson, director of Emerson’s Violence Prevention and Response, who helped produce the PSA. “We can all be part of shaping the culture we want to live in, and I’m encouraged to see more students, faculty, and staff showing support and engagement.”
The PSA coincides with April Sexual Assault Awareness and Activism Month and the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses nationwide.
Emerson is organizing several events this spring aimed at raising awareness and activism around social justice, nonviolence, and violence prevention.