Elizabethtown (WTXF) On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced the launch of the It's On Us PA campaign in an effort to fight back against sexual assault on college campuses.
At Elizabethtown College, Governor Wolf laid out a plan to fight against sexual assault. Building on President Obama and Vice President Biden’s 2014 It's On Us movement, Wolf’s campaign looks to achieve three objectives:
“Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems in schools, colleges, and universities”
“Remove/ reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.”
“Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.”
This campaign, if successful, is bound to affect many lives. According to Wolf’s speech, nearly 20% of women between the ages of 14 and 17 have been victims of sexual assault. Additionally, Wolf points out that victims of sexual assault are 94% more likely to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 75% more likely to suffer from depression, and 35-50% more likely to have suicidal tendencies.
By partnering with over 40 Pennsylvania colleges and universities, a number Wolf hopes will continue to grow, and 50 rape crisis centers across the state, Wolf hopes to do his part in ending sexual assault in Pennsylvania.
Along with these partnerships, Wolf and his administration plan to “work with community leaders and stakeholders from across the commonwealth to develop state-level policy recommendations to address the pressing issue of sexual assault in our schools and postsecondary institutions.”
Additionally, Wolf will partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, who “ will develop and share new resources, including webinars, data, and digital toolkits for secondary and postsecondary institutions that help inform policy, research, and practice”
This campaign will be a large part of the Wolf administration’s agenda for the upcoming year. Click here for more information.