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Governor Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault

first_imgGovernor Wolf’s ‘It’s On Us PA’ Awards $1 Million to 36 Colleges, Universities to Combat Sexual Assault January 16, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach State and national leaders of the “It’s On Us” initiative joined Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera today to announce nearly $1 million in grants from the Wolf Administration to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities. The governor is a steadfast supporter of campus safety and established It’s On Us PA, the nation’s first statewide campaign, four years ago.“Every student, teacher, administrator and visitor to our campuses deserves a safe environment free from harassment,” said Governor Wolf. “This is the fourth year that my administration will be working with students, schools and communities to build programs to raise awareness about and stop sexual assaults. We must never tolerate this behavior on our campuses or a culture that allows it.”It’s On Us is a national initiative championed by President Barack Obama. With today’s announcement, the Wolf Administration has invested a total of nearly $4 million for It’s On Us grants.“We thank the leadership at our colleges and universities for providing students and employees with the critical programs and skills to prevent and end sexual violence on their campuses,” said Education Secretary Rivera. “Through Governor Wolf’s continued commitment to this important initiative, we are implementing strategies that elevate awareness, engage communities and improve institutional campus climates.”It’s On Us Executive Director Tracey Vitchers joined Secretary Rivera for today’s announcement and thanked Pennsylvania for its leadership.“The nearly $4 million in It’s On Us Pennsylvania grants allocated over the last four years have and will continue to empower colleges and universities across the state to do the critically important work of preventing sexual assault within their communities, and responding in a trauma-informed way with survivors when it sadly does occur,” Vitchers said.Colleges and universities use the grants to create programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff, to institutional campaigns to raise awareness of the reporting process and the resources available to survivors of sexual violence.The 2019-20 It’s On Us PA recipients include public and private institutions in every corner of the state. The colleges and universities enroll a total of nearly 250,000 students. Of those students, more than 62,000 live on campus.Last July, Gov. Wolf signed legislation, championed by Rep. Dan Frankel and Sen. Lisa Baker, that requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. Many of this year’s grant recipients will be using the funds to implement those systems, which must be in place by the end of June.“The fight against abuse in schools and on campuses is a serious one requiring deeper awareness and stronger action,” said Sen. Baker. “These grants show an increasing commitment to protecting students against unconscionable emotional and physical abuse and to promptly investigating complaints and appropriately sanctioning perpetrators.”“I want to thank the governor for his leadership in prioritizing the safety of our college and university students,” added Rep. Frankel. “These grants help create an atmosphere where young people can feel protected and supported as they navigate a new chapter in their lives. By providing for training and awareness campaigns, the administration is ensuring that my newly passed legislation to require schools to offer online, anonymous reporting options for students is immediately put into use.”Also, this year was the first time schools could apply for a research grant. St. Vincent College in Latrobe was awarded a $15,000 research grant to assess the statewide impact of the It’s On Us PA grant program and provide recommendations to improve it.The 36 postsecondary institutions selected for grants include:Albright CollegeBloomsburg UniversityBryn Mawr CollegeButler County Community CollegeChatham UniversityCheyney UniversityClarion UniversityCommunity College of Allegheny CountyCurtis Institute of MusicEast Stroudsburg University of PennsylvaniaGannon UniversityGeisinger Commonwealth School of MedicineHoly Family UniversityImmaculata UniversityIndiana University of PAKeystone CollegeLehigh UniversityLock Haven UniversityLycoming CollegeManor CollegeMarywood UniversityMercyhurst UniversityMillersville UniversityPeirce CollegePenn State UniversityPoint Park UniversityRosemont CollegeSaint Francis UniversitySaint Joseph’s UniversityShippensburg UniversitySouth Hills School of Business & TechnologySt. Vincent College – ResearchThiel CollegeUniversity of PittsburghWaynesburg UniversityWilkes UniversityThe governor invited everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge. Thousands of students, teachers, families and communities have made a personal and public pledge to help prevent, address and respond effectively to sexual violence.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Palace assures Congress: Rody won’t abuse special powers to fight COVID-19

first_img Both chambers of Congress have received a draft bill from Malacañang on Sunday seeking to allow Duterte to lead COVID-19 responses through certain special powers while the Philippines is under a state of calamity. “Our legislators would note that the powers we have requested today have their own expiry date as they will last only as long as the COVID-19 crisis would last and Congress itself will be able to closely monitor the actions of the Executive through the oversight committee to be created by the proposed law,” he added. Medialdea also said that the Congress must take cue from the martial law declaration in Mindanao by Duterte before where the administration did not do away with democracy in the south, after fighters from the Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups laid siege to Marawi in 2017. The House version of the measure seeks to declare a national emergency arising from the COVID-19 crisis, and authorizes the President to exercise powers necessary to carry out the declared national policy on the issue. “When this administration declared martial law in Mindanao, there were similar speculations that we were about to do away with our democratic institutions but martial law in Mindanao came and went peacefully without the abuse prevalent in martial law,” Medialdea said. The Duterte administration will not abuse the additional powers sought from Congress to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country, says Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. PCOO “The intent of the proposal was simply to grant to government a standby power–a power which we do not consider necessary to be exercised at all times,” Medialdea said.center_img Among the controversial provisions of the measure is the proposal to allow the Chief Executive to take over businesses, hospitals, and public utilities to maximize necessary resources, but Medialdea clarified this as a “standby power.” MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will not abuse the additional powers sought from Congress to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the country. “We assure Congress and our countrymen that this administration has no intent to abuse the powers we are asking of you today,” said Medialdea. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the assurance on Monday when he addressed the House Committee of the Whole during the deliberation of the lower chamber on House Bill 6616. The Philippines now has total number to 396 confirmed cases, with 33 deaths and 18 recovered patients./PNlast_img read more