LHU gets $30,000 grant to combat sexual violence

LOCK HAVEN –Lock Haven University has been awarded $30,000 in “It’s On Us PA” grant funding administered by the Department of Education to help combat sexual violence on campus.

In 2016, Pennsylvania joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign as more men and women were coming forward with allegations of harassment and assault.

State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, made the announcement Tuesday.

Hanna said he hopes LHU will utilize this funding to implement new policies and position themselves as a leader by developing best practices that can be replicated across the state.

“Funding totaling over $950,000 was awarded to 39 postsecondary institutions across the state,” Hanna said. “I’m very happy to see that LHU has taken this issue so seriously and that they have taken necessary steps toward addressing these problems and protecting our students on campus.”

According to the Department of Education, the “It’s On Us PA” campaign brings together students, families, community members, teachers and school administrators to play a role in ending campus sexual assault. The movement has allowed individuals to feel safe enough to talk more openly about sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.

Hanna said he applauds Gov. Tom Wolf for joining this national campaign to foster discussions around the commonwealth about ways to combat campus sexual assaults.

Programs or activities eligible for funding include, among other things, campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and of sexual violence survivors’ rights and available resources; and programs that seek to develop or improve mechanisms for anonymous reporting and data collection.