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Wolf Administration announces $1 million availability to combat sexual assault on campus is up to us

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced today that more than $1 million in It’s On Us PA grants are available to Pennsylvania colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions.

Acting Secretary of Education Eric Haggerty said, “It’s imperative that students feel safe when on college campuses. It’s On Us grants provide education, resources and support to campus communities to combat sexual violence. It helps us stay safe,” he said. “These grants, awarded statewide over the past eight years, reaffirm our commitment to Pennsylvania college students, college students, their families and communities.”

Launched by Gov. Tom Wolfe in 2016 with the support of educational leaders across the federal government, including superintendents and college presidents, It’s On Us PA is dedicated to empowering educational leaders and all Pennsylvanians to empower students and students. A statewide campaign inviting you to be part of the solution to protect. Employees from sexual violence.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education will accept applications through November 14, 2022. Grant applications are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

On July 8, 2022, Governor Wolf signed Act No. 55 of 2022 (Law No. 55), amending the Public Schools Code. All post-secondary accredited private schools must adopt a definition of consent as part of their code of conduct or sexual misconduct or harassment policy. By December 31, 2022, each agency must enter into and maintain a Memorandum of Understanding with at least one rape crisis center and one domestic violence program. Also, by 1 July 2023, the agency will have at least one local rape crisis center and one domestic violence program, including prevention and response for sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking education.

Since 2016, Wolf Administration has awarded 225 It’s On Us PA grants totaling nearly $6 million to 84 post-secondary institutions, including public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities .

Eligible educational institutions and schools with 10,000 students or fewer can claim up to $40,000. If you have more than 10,000 students, you can apply up to $60,000. Private accredited career schools that do not offer a professional associate’s degree may demand up to $10,000.

Institutions use grant funds to implement strategies on campus and address the goals of the governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign. This includes:

  1. Improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems for sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.
  2. Remove or reduce barriers that prevent victims of sexual violence from reporting and accessing important resources. This is done by creating a more consistent and empowering reporting process for students who are victims of gender-based violence.
  3. Significant, proactive and sustained change in campus culture by calling on Pennsylvania educational leaders, including college and university presidents, students, teachers, faculty, families and communities to pledge to improve the atmosphere of the university Demonstrate potential leadership.

“The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) applauds the launch of the 2022-23 It’s On Us PA grant program,” said Donna Greco, PCAR’s Director of Public Policy and Legislation. . Their leadership in establishing this grant program, which is Pennsylvania’s own Model Her program. With the 2022-23 grant ready, PCAR can support increased collaboration between higher education institutions and rape crisis centers as they work together to create safer campus communities for all students. I am pleased to ”

The It’s On Us national campaign raises awareness about sexual assault, educates participants that sexual assault includes non-consensual sex, advises on how to identify risky situations, and empowers them to intervene. Created by the Obama administration to inspire people to give and create an environment. Support for victims and survivors.

People in Pennsylvania should visit the It’s On Us PA web page to read, “Recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, and seek consent. An environment in which sexual assault is not tolerated and survivors are supported.”

Visitors to this page can also quickly and easily tweet a pre-written message of support to spread the word about the It’s On Us PA Pledge to their social networks.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website. Follow PDE on Facebook. twitterYouTube, or Pinterest.

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