It's On Us PA
It's On Us PA is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. Building off the momentum of the national It's On Us movement, It's On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.
Take the Pledge
Take the It's On Us PA pledge to help keep people safe from sexual assault. This personal commitment is a promise to be a part of the solution to the problem - not a bystander. It's On Us to:
- recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
- identify situations in which sexual assault may occur.
- intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
- create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
Since 2016, the Wolf Administration has awarded 149 It's On Us PA Grants totaling nearly $4 million to more than 80 postsecondary institutions across the state - including public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The institutions use grant funds to implement strategies on their campuses to address goals of Governor Wolf's It's On Us PA campaign.
Programs or activities considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students' rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.
On January 16, 2020, state and national leaders of the It's On Us initiative joined Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera to announce nearly $1 million in grants from the Wolf Administration to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities across the state. Also, this year was the first time schools could apply for an It's On Us PA 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. Access a list of the 36 postsecondary institutions that were named recipients.
Apply for a 2020-21 It's On Us PA Grant
Access a list of answers to
frequently asked questions on the 2020-21 It’s On Us PA Grant Program.
Act 16 of 2019
On June 28, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 16 of 2019 (Act 16) which added Article XX-J to the Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949. Building on the It's On Us PA initiative, this law includes statutory requirements for addressing sexual assault at postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania that award an associate degree or higher. Learn more about the sexual violence policy, PDE's model policy, and the anonymous online reporting system.