Local Universities Receiving Funding To Fight Sexual Assault On Campus

Seven Local Universities Will Get A Piece Of One Million In Funding

March 13, 2018 - 10:40 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Several local colleges and universities are receiving a portion of one million dollars in grant money to battle sexual assault on campus.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced this morning that 39 post secondary institutions across the state will be receiving the grant money.

The funds are part of Governor Tom Wolf's "It's on us" campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.

"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 combating sexual assault requires action. The Its On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer.”

Locally, Seton Hill, California, CCAC, Saint Vincent, Washington & Jefferson, Point Park and Slippery Rock will be receiving funding.

“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.”