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

Cassava Novelty Treats to be Featured at Strictly Local Christmas Village

first_imgLifestyleNews Cassava Novelty Treats to be Featured at Strictly Local Christmas Village by: – November 27, 2019 Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img DEXIA launched the second annual Strictly Local Christmas Village on Tuesday, November morning.The event takes place from December 18-20 at the Roseau Market.Lloyd Pascal, Chairman of DEXIA says the Christmas Village was born out of necessity for access to locally produced, well packaged goods, for both local and foreign consumption.“It is an opportunity to promote all things local to stimulate some growth within the craft, art, fashion, literature, music, agriculture and agro-processing sectors. It is also an opportunity to add value to our products and services and make them more attractive in the local and regional markets that we service,” he explained.Pascal hopes the village brings out Dominica’s best entrepreneurial spirit, exposing products of high value.A parade and children’s creative workspace form part of the activities, while agro-processing, fashion, art, expressions of music, poetry, and story-telling will be on show.Eats and skin products will also be available.DEXIA appeals to the general public and visitors alike to patronize the Strictly Local Christmas Village.Meantime, Dominica continues to follow closely the Food and Agriculture Organization’s declaration of cassava as a climate resilient product. Cassava will feature in an annual local entrepreneur event next month.The food court at the Strictly Local Christmas Village is organized to feature the use of cassava in a number of dishes.Nathalie Charles, representative of Dominica Health & Wellness Association, listed a few of the expected 12 cassava products to be on display and available for purchase at the village. “There is the cassava fruitcake and the rough cake that we make with coconut and spices. We have a cassava tart, pie, quiche, pizza, lasagna, sancoche, croquette and bakes,” Nathalie Charles of the Dominica Health and Wellness Association.Charles said the presentation of these cassava products is the beginning of a cassava drive that will continue through the year 2020. Sharing is caring! 43 Views no discussionslast_img read more