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Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $1 Million to Combat Sexual Assault on Campuses

March 13, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continues to expand his commitment to combating sexual assault on Pennsylvania college and university campuses. Today, at an event at Temple University in Philadelphia, the Department of Education announced 39 postsecondary institutions across the state will receive more than $950,000 in It’s On Us PA grants.

“Since launching two years ago, It’s On Us PA has helped dozens of Pennsylvania colleges and universities to develop programs to prevent sexual assault and establish campus cultures where sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “The pervasiveness of sexual assault has never been more clear, and combatting sexual assault requires action. The Its On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer.”

Colleges and universities applied for funding to establish programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence.

“The #MeToo movement is a reminder of the prevalence of sexual assault in communities of all demographics,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “The It’s On Us PA campaign is helping Pennsylvania schools lead their communities in directing the conversation on how we can prevent assaults and harassment from infecting our campuses and communities.”

The 2017-18 It’s On Us PA grant recipients include public and private, 2-year and 4-year institutions in every corner of the state. The 39 schools selected for grants are:

  • Seton Hill University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Cabrini University
  • Thiel College
  • Immaculata University
  • Millersville University
  • Albright College
  • University of the Sciences
  • California University
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn College of Technology
  • Holy Family University
  • Lock Haven University
  • Juniata College
  • West Chester University
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Saint Vincent College
  • LaSalle University
  • Gannon University
  • Lackawanna College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Rosemont College
  • Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • York College of Pennsylvania
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Point Park University
  • Kutztown University
  • Cheyney University
  • Temple University
  • Lehigh University
  • Keystone College
  • Misericordia University
  • Saint Joseph’s University
  • Slippery Rock University
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Dickinson College

The It’s On Us PA statewide campaign was launched by Governor Wolf in 2016, and was built on the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement championed by President Obama. The state initiative invites everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault.

In 2017 the Wolf Administration awarded nearly a million dollars in It’s On Us PA grants to 36 Pennsylvania postsecondary institutions.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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