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Pennsylvania Implements National 'It's On Us' Sexual Assault Initiative


Pennsylvania recently became the first state to launch a federal campaign to stop sexual assault on college campuses.

The national initiative was announced in 2014 by President Barack Obama with the goal of building a movement to address, respond to and ultimately prevent sexual violence. A local "On Us PA" launched in late January.

Gov. Tom Wolf called the President's plan the first "real crusade" against sexual assault.

It aims to mobilize citizens to take action through local government, service organizations and school systems. In Pennsylvania, Franklin and Marshall College, Butler County Community College and the State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan have signed on, along with several schools.

One in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service. More than 90 percent of victims of sexual assaults on campus do not report it to authorities.

Pennsylvanians are invited to take the “It’s On Us” pledge online

Deanna fell in love with public radio in 2001, when she landed her first job at an NPR station: KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, NM, where she also attended college. After graduating with a degree in journalism and mass communications, she spent a summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern at NPR's Morning Edition. Following that, she was a reporter/All Things Considered Host at WXXI in Rochester, NY. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Deanna was the local All Things Considered host for KUNC in northern Colorado. In her spare time, Deanna enjoys watching movies and TV shows on DVD (the Golden Girls and Little House on the Prairie are among her favorites), bicycling, yard work, and reading.