HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced nearly $1 million would be used to help fight sexual assault at 38 college and university campuses including, for the first time, Robert Morris University.
Governor Wolf established the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign three years ago and has put nearly $3 million dollars into ‘It’s On Us’ grants.
“We must never tolerate sexual assault on our campuses or a culture that allows it,” Governor Wolf said. “Over the past three years, my administration has worked with students, schools and communities to build programs to stop sexual assaults. These grants will help schools across the state to make campuses safer, and help stop sexual harassment and assault.”
Michael Blichar Jr, a student at Kutztown University and the northeast regional advisor for ‘It’s On Us,’ said that “I believe that ‘It’s On Us’ has given students throughout Pennsylvania and the northeast the tools and skills necessary to advocate for survivors and effect change surrounding the culture of campus sexual violence.”
Colleges and universities can use the grants in order to help create programs to educate about sexual assault and to help victims of sexual assault to recover.
“The ‘It’s On Us PA’ grants help our schools provide critical training and resources to students and employees so they can study and work in safer environments,” said Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera.
The grant recipients include public and private, two-year and four-year institutions all over Pennsylvania. Robert Morris is one of 38 schools to receive the grant and is one of 18 schools to receive it for the first time.
The 38 schools scheduled to receive the grant are:
Carnegie Mellon University
Chestnut Hill College
Cheyney University of Pa.
Delaware County Community College
East Stroudsburg University of Pa.
Holy Family University
Indiana University of PA
Kutztown University of Pa.
Mansfield University of PA
Millersville University of PA
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Robert Morris University
Saint Vincent College
Seton Hill University
Slippery Rock University
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
University of Scranton
West Chester University of Pa,