Shippensburg University received its third “It’s On Us PA” grant to improve sexual assault resources at the university.
Gov. Tom Wolf issued the $25,000 grant as a part of the “It’s On Us PA” campaign to help end sexual violence, according to an email from SU President Laurie Carter.
The grant will improve the anonymous online reporting system for sexual assault, develop public service announcements and create a peer-education system, according to a SU press release.
SU received its first grant from the campaign in 2016 and again last January. The “Ship Says No More” program and the campus Green Dot program were both established using these grants.
Ship Says No More works to “continue enhancing a safe environment at SU by centralizing all sexual misconduct education, prevention and resources onto one centralized webpage,” according to its website.
The Green Dot program is an “evidence-based bystander prevention program,” according to the press release.
The “It’s On Us PA” campaign seeks to build on the momentum of the national campaign by bringing college administration, faculty, staff, families, students and communities together. The campaign’s goal is to help improve and change the conversations surrounding sexual violence.
The “It’s On Us PA” website includes a pledge for visitors to take:
“Recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable, and survivors are supported.”
The “Ship Says No More” website has on- and off-campus resources as well as national resources available for students. The on-campus resources include the Women’s Center, the Counseling Center, the Shippensburg University Title IX Coordinator Daniel Velez and several others.
For more information about the national “It’s On Us” campaign visit itsonus.org.