Sexual assault is not an easy subject to tackle, but it is an extremely necessary one. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, an alarming one in five women is a victim of sexual assault in the United States. It's a scary statistic, and it's proof that we need to get aggressive about combating this issue. Now, some of your favorite stars are teaming up with the It's On Us campaign to dish out some real talk on what sexual assault entails - and how to prevent it.
The White House initiative's goal is to help stop sexual assault, specifically on college campuses, by informing people of the one thing that they need to have sex in the first place: consent. Without consent, sex isn't sex - it's rape. In the initiative's latest PSA, stars like Nina Dobrev, John Cho, Josh Hutcherson, and Zoe Saldana are the ones stressing the importance of consent during sexual activity. They tell the audience that consent isn't something you can take - it has to be given to you freely.
The It's On Us campaign is important because it puts responsibility on people who choose to have sex - not the people who might become the victims of sexual assault. It doesn't warn women not to accept drinks from strangers or inform them about what they should or shouldn't wear to a party. Instead, it tells people exactly what constitutes rape: sex without consent. It's a message that should be drilled into our minds constantly.
Check out the entire star-studded video below, and head to the It's On Us website to sign a pledge to always have sex with consent.