SAAC Creates PSA to Raise Awareness, Speak Out Against Sexual Assault
(Jan. 17, 2015) — Without a doubt, one of the hot topics surrounding social media, and athletics in general, has been sexual assault. Armstrong State University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president and volleyball player Kayla Berns saw an opportunity to lend the voices of her fellow committee members to speak out on the issue and help raise awareness for a very difficult subject matter.
The sophomore sought out the help of Armstrong State University’s director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Deidra Dennie, as well as associate director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Services, Jennifer Rushton, along with director of video productions, Bruce Habersham. Together the group provided the support and direction for Berns and her fellow student-athletes to write and shoot a public service announcement (PSA) tackling the issue.
“Listening to Dr. Debbie Wilson [author of the NCAA’s handbook on addressing sexual assault] during a conference inspired my initial involvement, which later intensified when I heard President Obama’s “It’s On Us” campaign,” Berns said. “My main objective was to create a PSA illustrating the manner in which some students discuss this tragic topic. Our goal for the PSA was to ensure the victims that they were truly victims absent any fault, whether on a date, intoxicated, or manner of appearance or expression. It is never your fault!”
The PSA is also available on the Armstrong State University’s official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo7akFvDpMc