State Senator Andy Dinniman announced Tuesday that two universities in Chester County – Immaculata University and West Chester University – will receive nearly $56,000 in total state grant funding to prevent and combat sexual on campus. The funds come through the It’s On Us PA grant program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Immaculata University and West Chester University were among 39 postsecondary institutions that received more than $990,000 in total funding through the It’s On Us grant program. Independent, public, and state-related institutions were eligible to apply for up to $30,0000 in grant funding. None of the grantees received less than the amount they requested. The grants are as follows:
$25,922 for Immaculata University for programs and to ensure that policies are clear and communicated on campus. In addition, funds will be used to provide staff and student training through the Crime Victims Center of Chester County; and $29,996 for West Chester University to grow and expand its Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, violence prevention education programs, and support efforts for survivors of sexual misconduct.
Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said: “These grant funds will further empower university students, staff, and leaders to reframe the conversation about sexual violence and stand together in being part of the solution to end sexual assault on campus.” According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, and more than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.