The issues surrounding cases of sexual violence, harassment and bullying is prominent on college campuses today, and East Carolina Univeristy’s yearlong Pledge Purple initiative draws attention to a serious issue.
Pledge Purple Week events spanned throughout this week, beginning monday and ending this evening with the Take Back the Night March, which will take place at 5 tonight at the Health Sciences Campus Student Center and the Main Campus Student Center (MCSC) at 7.
The events brought much-needed attention to the issues of sexual violence, harassment and bullying on campuses, while teaching students about warning signs and ways to cope with or prevent the situations.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe ECU is doing right by its students to dedicate a week to raising awareness to prevent sexual violence, harassment and bullying because students can benefit from being educated further on the subject matter.
There can never be enough education on sexual violence, harassment and bullying prevention, and Pledge Purple gives students the opportunity to expand their knowledge to potentially keep themselves out of a traumatic situation.
Students on Main Campus yesterday were able to sign the Pledge Purple banner on the MCSC Lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the resource fair. The signing brought the issue directly to the hands of students, and those who took the pledge made a commitment to supporting the initiative.
Pledge Purple Week, overall, teaches students a valuable lesson in taking prevention and instances of sexual violence, harassment and bullying seriously.