The life-saving work that Women Against Abuse achieves each day would not be possible without the support of advocates in the community. This past year, the agency’s partnership with Drexel University raised awareness to relationship violence among college students through the second annual iPledge Campaign.
Women Against Abuse mobilized student support, with the help of Drexel’s One in Four, a student organization dedicated to the prevention of rape. The group’s name reflects the fact that one in four college students are the victims of sexual assault.
Lonnie Snyder and Jordan Arndts, two Drexel seniors and members of One in Four, publicized the iPledge Campaign on campus and attracted hundreds of students to the campaign launch.
“I was happy to see that a lot of people who have never talked about these issues came out to iPledge,” said Snyder, who was a featured speaker at the press conference launch.
Snyder, Arndts and their fellow One in Four members have been working tirelessly to educate the Drexel community on the issues of sexual assault and relationship violence. They’ve provided the One in Four training “How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor; What Men Can Do” to hundreds of Drexel students over the past year, including a recent workshop targeted to fraternities.
“It’s something that wasn’t being addressed that much, especially having men tell other men what’s going on. Not saying it’s your fault or blaming men for the issue, but just starting to talk about the problem,” Arndts said. “People are afraid to talk about these issues.”
Snyder agreed. “I think everyone should take responsibility for this. It’s a people issue – not a women’s issue.”