Donatucci acknowledges ‘Take It All Back Day’ with House resolution

HARRISBURG, April 15 – “Take It All Back Day” will be recognized tomorrow, April 16, 2016 in Pennsylvania, thanks to a resolution sponsored by state Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, and recently adopted by the state House of Representatives.

“The goal of ‘Take It All Back Day’ is to raise awareness about sexual assault and abuse in all forms,” Donatucci said. “Unfortunately, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified sexual assault as an urgent public health crisis, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that sexual violence is the most underreported crime. Clearly, our society needs more education about sexual assault if we want to stop it in our communities.”

House Resolution 793 recognizes Women Organized Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape for their work to inform the public about sexual assault. WOAR organizes an annual “Take It All Back Community Walk,” honoring sexual assault victims, to shed light on the issue.

Donatucci also cited a recent report issued by Pennsylvania State University in which 80 percent of female students surveyed at its main campus said they had experienced some form of sexual harassment.

“This particular news is extremely troubling,” Donatucci said. “College campuses should be welcoming environments where our children can learn, and shouldn’t have to worry about feeling unsafe. Hopefully we can begin a meaningful dialogue about how to better protect people from sexual assault – both on and off campus.”