With their participation in the “Sing for Survivors” contest to combat sexual assault gaining momentum, the Colleges’ all female a cappella group Three Miles Lost partnered with the Title IX Office and organizations across campus and throughout Geneva to host an “It’s On Us” rally at the Smith Opera House on March 22.
“The goal is to draw attention to the work Three Miles Lost has already done but also to show support for survivors,” said Kaylyn O’Brien, coordinator of Title IX programming and coordinator of leadership programs for the Centennial Center of Leadership. “We want to draw attention to the work that other groups on campus and in the community have done and are doing to support survivors and spread awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.”
The event included live performances from Three Miles Lost, Perfect Third, Kathleen Fowkes ’18, HWS Dance and Hip~NotiQs, as well as food, T-shirt giveaways and raffles, among other activities. Lucy Carr ’17, a member of Three Miles Lost, explained that the pieces being performed will “all be closely related with the cause itself.”
A number of student and community organizations tabled in the Smith foyer, giving HWS students and Geneva community members the opportunity to get involved in the work to end sexual assault and relationship violence. Organizations and groups that participated included: Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, the HWS One Love Chapter, Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, the HWS Women’s Collective, the HWS Center for Counseling and Student Wellness, and the Title IX Office.
“Our main goal is to keep the conversation going,” Carr explained. “We’re hoping the rally not only gives people an opportunity to learn about the organizations that deal with sexual assault, but also that they’re impacted by the performances.”
Attendees were encouraged to vote for the music video Three Miles Lost created to their original rendition of Lady Gaga’s Oscar-nominated song, “Til it Happens to You,” which is competing in the national “Sing for Survivors” contest. The video has more than 218,000 views. Public voting for the top three videos runs through April 1, and is available by clicking here. “It’s On Us,” a co-sponsor of the contest, is a national campaign launched by President Barack Obama to spread awareness to help put an end to sexual assault on college campuses.