by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College and Calvin College men's lacrosse teams are teaming up this weekend to raise awareness for the national movement to end sexual assault.
The Flying Dutchmen and Knights will play each other in an "It's On US" Teal Out game at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Van Andel Soccer Stadium.
"We are proud to team up with Calvin to raise awareness against domestic violence and sexual assault, with our 'It's On US' Teal Out game this Saturday," Flying Dutchmen head coach Michael Schanhals said. "Each player representing both schools will wear a teal decal on our helmets to honor our pledge to do all that we can to stamp out relationship violence.
Added Calvin head coach Dave Hoger, "We are really excited for the opportunity to team up with Hope this weekend to raise awareness for It's On Us, an organization committed to stopping sexual violence."
Launched in September 2014, It's On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault. The campaign was launched following recommendations from the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence.
It's On Us asks everyone – students, community leaders, parents, organizations, and companies – to step up and realize that the conversation changes with us.
It's On Us reports that 11.2 percent of all students experience rape or sexual assault, including 20% of women, 13% of men, and nearly half of all LGBTQ students.
Also, female students are four times more likely to be a victim of rape or sexual assault than males, yet only 20 percent of female victims, ages 18-24, report their rape or sexual assault to law enforcement, according to It's On Us.
If you or someone you know on the Hope College campus has experienced a sexual assault, help is available. You can file a report by calling Campus Safety at (616) 395-7770 or you can reach out to one of Hope's confidential campus resources, which include:
Counseling Center (CAPS): Bultman Student Center – top floor, 616-395-7945
Health Clinic: Dow Center – 1st Floor, 616-395-7585
Campus Ministries: Keppel House, 616-395-7145
Confidential Advocate: Christian Gibson, DeWitt Center, 616-395-7802