Pledge Purple Week
East Carolina University is once again pleased to host Pledge Purple on November 14-17, a weeklong initiative, focused on education and advocacy centered on the issues of sexual violence, harassment, and bullying.
Pledge Purple is a series of events and programs on both campuses during the week of November 14th - 17th. ECU students, faculty and staff can attend and/or participate in any or all events during the week.
The week starts with Pledge Day on both campuses where the Pirate Nation can take the pledge to do its part against sexual violence, harassment and bullying. Here is the pledge.
I will not use my hands or words in acts of violence, bullying, or sexual assault. I will educate myself about what violence, bullying and sexual assault looks like in the Pirate community. I will support my fellow Pirates and safely intervene as an active bystander if I witness scenarios of violence, bullying or sexual assault.
Pledge Day is from 8am-5pm on the Health Sciences campus at various locations and from 11am – 2pm on the ECU Mall of main campus.
Tuesday, November 15th the focus shifts to bystander intervention with “It’s On Us Day.” The ECU version of the “It’s On Us” video will be playing throughout the day on both campuses. In addition, the film screening of “Audrie and Daisy” will show at 4pm in Science and Technology Room C307 and at 7pm in the Allied Health/Nursing Building Room 1100.
“Audrie and Daisy” is a new documentary focusing on the stories of two teenagers who experienced sexual assaults, and the trauma and aftermath created by social media and cyberbullying. It was released at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and recently premiered on Netflix to critical acclaim.
Wednesday is Take Back The Night, which kicks off with a Survivors Vigil on both campuses. Following the vigil will be walks on the Health Sciences campus starting at 6:30pm in the Health Sciences lobby and on main campus starting in the Mendenhall Student Center. In both locations, a special Pledge Purple lighting ceremony will take place.
The week will conclude on Nov. 17th with a special presentation by guest speaker David Otunga. an actor known for his role in the movie The Call, as well as being a WWE professional wrestler, reality TV star, and Harvard Law School-educated lawyer.
David has been featured in countless fitness magazines and fulfilled a childhood dream by gracing the cover of the December 2013 issue of Muscle & Fitness. With big dreams and determination, David has transformed his body and life – overcoming bullies, doubters, and stereotypes along the way. He speaks to college students across the country, encouraging them to believe in themselves, set goals, and follow their dreams.
David holds a Doctorate of Law from Harvard Law School and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. Otunga will speak on the Health Sciences campus at 5:30pm on the 4th floor of Laupus Library and at 7:30pm in Hendrix Theatre.
There are nearly 50 campus and community partners collaborating for Pledge Purple week including but not limited to, Student Involvement and Leadership (i.e. Greek Life, Student Activities Board, etc.), Athletics, The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the College of Nursing, and Uptown Greenville.