Longietti: Thiel College receives $30,000 grant as part of statewide campaign to combat campus sexual assault

HERMITAGE, Jan. 17 – Thiel College has received a $30,000 grant under the state’s “It’s On Us” program designed to raise awareness about and prevent campus sexual assault and violence, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced.

“Fear has no place in an institution of learning,” Longietti said. “It’s essential for students to feel safe in order for them to thrive and succeed. By funding programs to raise awareness about and prevent sexual assault, this grant will help ensure that our local campus remains the kind of environment where students feel secure and can go about the business of preparing for life.”

The funding to Thiel College is part of a $1 million package of grants to 36 postsecondary schools statewide. The schools use the funding for programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, educators and staff to campaigns to raise awareness about the reporting process and resources that are available to those victimized by sexual assault.

It’s On Us started as a national campaign in 2014. Pennsylvania quickly took the initiative, becoming the first state to establish its own statewide program, “It’s On Us PA.”

Pennsylvania’s public and private colleges and universities enroll nearly 250,000 students, including more than 62,000 who live on campus.