KU awarded It’s On Us PA grant to pre­vent and re­spond to sex­ual as­saults

Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced 39 post­sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions across state will re­ceive more than $950,000

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - LOCAL NEWS - From Kutz­town Univer­sity

Kutz­town Univer­sity has been awarded a $20,672 It’s On Us PA grant from the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia to pre­vent and re­spond to sex­ual as­saults.

The Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced on March 13 that 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 clearer, 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 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, in­clud­ing KU which re­ceived $29,100.

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