Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Combating Sexual Assault on Campus

first_img July 08, 2019 It’s On Us PA, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Celebrating the first major state laws to combat campus sexual assault in recent memory, Governor Tom Wolf held a ceremonial bill signing of legislation encouraging more students to report sexual violence. The governor was joined by bipartisan legislators and state and national leaders of It’s On Us, a movement fighting against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women.“I launched It’s On Us PA over three years ago as the nation’s first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault on campuses,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend the students and education leaders who embraced the need to change campus culture. Their tremendous efforts created the momentum for these new reforms to protect students.”Two campus safety initiatives proposed by the governor were enacted as part of the new state budget package. One proposal, championed by Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Dan Frankel, requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. The other proposal, championed by Sen. Judy Schwank, protects students reporting sexual assault from being disciplined for violating school drug, alcohol, or other policies.“This bipartisan effort gives a voice to survivors and witnesses to report sexual assaults and break the silence that’s too often part of campus culture,” said Governor Wolf. “Sexual assault must never be tolerated and the reforms in these new laws create a path for more legislative progress in the future.”“We have to do everything in our power to keep students across Pennsylvania safe from sexual harassment and assault,” said Sen. Schwank. “With five colleges in my district, this issue truly hits close to home and I’m grateful to First Lady Frances Wolf and Gov. Wolf for their support.”“The reluctance of assault victims to report these acts to authorities blocks their chances for justice and helps understate the scope and severity of the problem,” said Sen. Lisa Baker. “The requirement for colleges and universities to offer accessible and confidential avenues of reporting is a crucial beginning step in creating a safer campus environment.”“Sexual violence knows no political affiliation,” said Tracey E. Vitchers, executive director of It’s On Us. “It does not discriminate. It affects each and every one of us – whether we ourselves are survivors or we know and love a survivor. This is why I am grateful for the bipartisan support both bills have had, and am thankful for the leadership demonstrated by Senator Baker and Senator Schwank in championing this legislation.”Governor Wolf also secured $1 million in the state budget to continue awarding It’s On Us grants to public and private 2-year and 4-year institutions. This will be the fourth consecutive year the Wolf administration will provide grants for programs to change campus culture.”The governor also invited Pennsylvanians to join the thousands of people, including superintendents and university and college presidents, who have signed the “It’s On Us” Pledge, which encourages everyone to help end sexual assault. The It’s On Us PA website has more information about the campaign and pre-written tweets users can share on Twitter to encourage others to take the pledge. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Combating Sexual Assault on Campuscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Liverpool the real test for Arsenal’s Emery evolution

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Handed an unforgiving start as Arsenal’s first new manager for nearly a quarter of a century, Unai Emery has quickly put defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea behind him with a 13-game unbeaten run to earn the respect of the Gunners’ support.However, the real test of how far Emery’s Arsenal have evolved since being outclassed by City on the opening weekend of the season comes when Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday.Arsenal have won 12 of those 13 games unbeaten, the only slip coming at Crystal Palace last weekend when they conceded two penalties in a 2-2 draw.Yet, they haven’t faced any of the Premier League’s top six from last season in that run, with defeats of Watford and Everton their only victories over sides in the top half of the table.Emery still seems to be searching for the right balance, while also getting two star centre-forwards in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the side.Lacazette and Aubameyang have already combined for 14 goals between them this season and their firepower has so far got Arsenal out of trouble, particularly late in games with Emery’s men yet to enjoy a half-time lead in the Premier League.It is to Emery’s credit that his changes have often impacted the game positively for his side, and that Arsenal only trail league leaders City and Liverpool by four points heading into this weekend.The priority for Arsenal this season remains a top four finish and a return to the Champions League rather than a title challenge, and Emery is well on course for that goal.– Liverpool cure top six travel sickness –However, the Spaniard can look to his opponents this weekend for inspiration in what Arsenal could look like as the finished product. Jurgen Klopp has taken almost three years to find the right blend between attack and defence despite reaching two European finals with Liverpool, one of which he lost to Emery’s Sevilla in the Europa League two years ago.Until now, a realistic tilt at the title has been undermined by defensive deficiencies.In this fixture last season, Liverpool blew a two-goal lead by conceding three times in five minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw.One of the major culprits for Liverpool’s collapse that night, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, has played just two Premier League games for the club since, while within weeks Virgil van Dijk was bought for a world record fee for a defender.To have any chance of keeping pace with City in the quest for Liverpool’s first Premier League title for nearly three decades, Klopp needed to drastically improve results on the road against top six opposition.That point at the Emirates as good as it got against the Premier League elite last season. In total Liverpool conceded 15 goals in five games and were beaten at City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.Already there has been an upturn in fortunes with victory at Spurs last month and Daniel Sturridge’s stunning late strike earning a well-deserved point at Chelsea.Unfortunately for Liverpool, City show no sign of letting up.They too won at Spurs on Monday, held Liverpool at Anfield last month and outclassed Arsenal in a baptism of fire for Emery on the first weekend of the season.In most other seasons, a point at a rejuvenated Arsenal would be seen as a good result, but in trying to just keep pace with City, Liverpool need another statement win on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more