Marquette fraternity takes "It's On Us" pledge

Posted at 8:05 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 22:02:29-05

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University, like many college campuses, is not immune to sexual assault.

One fraternity is taking a stand to no longer be silent on the issue. The men of Kappa Sigma have joined the growing "It's On Us" campaign aimed at ending sexual assault.

Its a pledge the brothers take seriously.

"Its on us is not just a hashtag, it's a powerful statement of change," said Gil Vauquero.

It is estimated that one in five women will be sexually assaulted during her college years.

The "Its on Us" campaign was created to end sexual violence on college campuses. It's an initiative started by the White House.

"Its obviously a problem in all campuses, but for us to try and share something in our campus definitely has made not only Marquette see - that people want to make change."

A few years ago Marquette University came under fire after four student athletes were accused of raping a female student during a dorm party in 2011. The students were never criminally charged, but the case prompted the university to make changes in the way reports of sexual assaults are handled on campus.

"Personally, I was sexually assaulted in the past so it has always been something very dear to me," stated one Kappa Sigma member.

The pledge is a personal commitment for many of these young men to not only stand up - but take action.

"I thought it was important as fraternity men that we are the difference, and show that we stand up for something; because this is a big issue, and important, and we do care about it, said Matt McCarthy."

Being the difference is not just a college motto. The men of Kappa Sigma say being the difference starts with being the example.

"We are attempting this year to incorporate into our pledging process respect for women in our curriculum."