Education agency awards $1M to fight campus sexual assault

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials are doling out nearly $1 million in grants to prevent and respond to sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities.

The Education Department on Thursday announced the recipients under the state version of the “It’s on Us” initiative that began four years ago.

The money is going toward training students and staff, increasing public awareness and providing services to victims.

This year’s recipients include the first grant for research, $15,000 for St. Vincent College to assess the statewide impact of the “It’s on Us” program and suggest improvements.

Every student, teacher, administrator, and visitor to our campuses deserve 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.

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