More than $29K from It’s On Us PA grants will help reduce sexual assault on university campuses

WEST CHESTER, Jan. 6 – State Reps. Dianne Herrin and Christina Sappey, both D-Chester, today announced $29,574 in It’s On Us PA state grants for West Chester University from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which will help reduce sexual violence on university campuses.

“I appreciate this investment to help ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students at West Chester University,” Herrin said. “Many of us can rest easier as parents knowing our children will be in environments that promote safety and in which educators have more resources to fight against sexual violence of all kinds.”

“Funding like this makes sure we have a system in place that people can feel safe when they walk through our campus grounds,” Sappey said. “It’s not enough to react to these incidents, we need to be more proactive and continue to challenge our students, teachers, faculty, staff and more to say something when they see something. All of us need to do our part to stop sexual violence before it happens.”

West Chester University was awarded a total of $29,574. These funds are provided from January 2021 through May 2022 and are to be used to:

  • Improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students.
  • Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence 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, as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families and communities -- to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate around sexual assault.

For more information, residents may contact Herrin’s district office at 610-696-4990 or Sappey’s district office at 484-200-8264.