Sac State Joins Nationwide Campaign to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

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Friday the White House launched the  "It's on Us" campaign to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence on college campuses.

Sacramento State is one of 200 colleges that has signed onto the campaign. Students told FOX40 they're glad the issue getting more attention.

"It was kind of scary for me to be walking around even campus coming to the gym at night people would say that you couldn't come by yourself," said sophomore Stephany Chavez.

The White House says the goal of the "It's on Us" campaign is to spread the message that sexual assault is unacceptable.

Sac State's sexual assault victim advocate, Jessica Heskin  welcomes this campaign. She says awareness is important - and not just for victims. "It doesn't just affect the victim, it affects their friends, it affects their family, it effects their classes and organizations," said Heskin.

This month state lawmakers passed the "Yes Means Yes" bill. That legislation would shift the dialogue about sexual assault, defining consent as affirmative. The governor has until the end of this month to sign or veto that bill.