BLOG: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright to Spread Awareness of “It’s On Us” Campaign Against Sexual Assault (Round-up)

By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant

June 10, 2016

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf and Villanova Men’s Basketball coach Jay Wright held a press conference to discuss the “It’s On Us” campaign and urge Pennsylvanians to stop sexual assault on college campuses. The national “It’s On Us Campaign” was launched by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in 2014. Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign of its own.

“Pennsylvania must take a stand against sexual assault, and that’s what the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign is all about. We, as a commonwealth, must make clear that sexual assault is completely unacceptable and goes against our ideals as Pennsylvanians,” said Governor Wolf. “I am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world of what committed citizens can do to make our world better. It is truly on all of us to accomplish this goal.”

“It’s On Us PA” is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. The campaign encourages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents, as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities, to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.

“At Villanova University, love and respect are essential to the life of our community. We believe that it is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe and caring community and prevent sexual violence,” said Villanova Men’s Basketball Coach Jay Wright. “This means that we step up and step in during the moments that matter. It’s on us, Nova Nation!”

Since the campaign was launched in January, over 800 people – including representation from nearly 200 schools across Pennsylvania – have taken the pledge and signed on to the campaign.

Take a look at the additional coverage below
  • PennLive: Gov. Tom Wolf, Villanova Coach Jay Wright team up to address sexual assault in Pennsylvania

    “We need to treat sexual assault in Pennsylvania as the big, serious problem it is. We are not going to put up with it anymore, anywhere…” [Governor] Wolf said. “Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is in clear violation of that civil right.”

  • CBS Philly: Jay Wright Joins Gov. Wolf In Fight Against Campus Sexual Violence

    Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright was introduced by Governor Wolf, who pointed to the Stanford case, in which a student received a sentence of just six months after being convicted of sexual assault, as the need for the “It’s On Us” campaign to stop trivializing sexual violence.

  • FOX 43: Governor Wolf joined by Villanova Coach Jay Wright for “It’s On Us” Pledge

    “As we all know, a man in a high-profile assault case at Stanford University was recently found guilty of rape but received as his sentence only six months in county jail with probation. Meanwhile, his victim will have to live the rest of her life with the feeling of violation and danger that he caused,” said Governor Wolf. “These kinds of leniencies send a message to the community that we are not serious about preventing sexual assault. These kinds of leniencies are unacceptable. ‘It’s On Us PA’ is delivering that message across the commonwealth.”

  • ABC 6: Villanova pledges to help fight sexual assault

    Villanova University is the first college to sign on for a new program designed to increase awareness of sexual violence on college campuses. The “It’s On Us” initiative was announced by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday.

  • PA Homepage: Governor, Villanova join forces “It’s on Us PA”

    A statewide campaign aimed at combating sexual assault in schools and on college campuses is underway. Governor Tom Wolf and Jay Wright, head coach of the NCAA National Championship Villanova Basketball team, discussed the importance of the effort.

  • ABC 27: Colleges react to Governor Wolf’s sexual assault awareness campaign

    The “It’s On Us” pledge by Governor Wolf is a personal commitment to help keep students safe from sexual assault on campus. It’s also a promise to not be a bystander, but a part of the solution. York College has taken the commitment very seriously.

  • PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Gov Wolf states Pennsylvania to take a stance against sexual assault

    Today Gov. Wolf and Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright came together for an “It’s on us” press conference where they discussed the importance of taking a stand against sexual assault on college campuses


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