State lawmakers congratulate Albright College on $30,000 grant

HARRISBURG, Jan. 16 – State lawmakers from Berks County congratulated Albright College on receiving a $30,000 grant Thursday to combat campus sexual assault.

“One of the most important jobs each of us has as a member of the community is to protect the youngest and most vulnerable among us – including the students on our college campuses,” said state Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks. “This grant -- and the other 35 grants announced around the region and state today – will better prepare individuals who step foot on these campuses on how to report sexual violence and what programs exist to help victims cope and recover after experiencing a life-changing event.”

Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera and Gov. Tom Wolf announced nearly $1 million in grants as part of the national “It’s On Us” initiative.

“Training for Albright’s students, faculty and staff will create a safer environment,” state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone said. “It will also foster understanding and raise awareness for the resources available in our community for survivors of sexual violence.”

It’s On Us grants fund programs, training and institutional campaigns to raise awareness of the reporting process and the help available to survivors of sexual violence.

“Sadly, college women ages 18-24 are three times more likely to experience sexual violence during that period of their lives. It happens to men, too,” state Sen. Judy Schwank said. “I commend Albright College for pursuing these funds as they will have a real impact on raising awareness about the issue of sexual assault and harassment.”