Amherst College students taking pledge against sexual violence

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – On Friday afternoon, Amherst College wrapped up its three day campaign to end sexual violence.

From 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., students, faculty, and staff members stopped by a table set up in the Keefe Campus Center to take the “White Ribbon Pledge.” The pledge is part of a national campaign to bring awareness to, and ultimately stop, sexual violence.

More than 700 people on campus signed the pledge, and received white ribbons. Those who wrote their name agreed not to commit, condone, or stand silent about sexual violence.

Amherst sophomore Judd Liebman explained for 22News what people should do if they see something.

“We call it ‘active bystander intervention.’ There are three ways we teach how to do that. You can either take a direct approach and say ‘hey, you need to stop that.’ You can delegate and get a friend or friend of a friend to help out, or you can distract the potential problem,” Liebman said.

UMass in Amherst is taking a similar approach to ending sexual assault with their U-Matter campaign.

Both colleges are on a list of schools being reviewed by the Department of Education for their handling of sexual assault complaints.

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