York College receives 2nd state grant to combat sexual assault

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

York College is one of 39 postsecondary institutions in the state to receive targeted grant money to combat sexual assault on campus.

Students milling about the York College campus.

The grant is the second awarded to York College as part of the It’s On Us PA initiative launched by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016 to end campus sexual assault.

This year’s grant is just under $20,000, according to college spokeswoman Mary Dolheimer, slightly more than the $17,000 grant awarded to the college last year.

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“The pervasiveness of sexual assault has never been more clear, and combating sexual assault requires action,” Wolf said in a news release. “The It’s On Us PA campaign is continuing to help make our campuses across the state safer.”

The #MeToo movement "is a reminder of the prevalence of sexual assault in communities of all demographics," Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said, adding that the awareness efforts will help prevent assaults on and off campus.

The new grant will be used to expand the local awareness campaign by setting designated months for certain issues and increasing its engagement with male students, according to the college.

The original grant, awarded in 2016, spurred a partnership between York College and YWCA York to hold sexual assault training sessions for employees and students in campus clubs in 2017.

“Our goal is to expand resources and the spectrum of services available on campus,” York College sexual/relationship violence prevention coordinator Liz Grubb said in a news release.

Elizabeth Grubb, the first Coordinator of Sexual Assault Education and Programs at York College.

She added the efforts “will strengthen the tools available to survivors of sexual violence, while also working to reduce the frequency of such occurrences.”

Grubb was hired in March 2017, after York College received a federal grant of nearly $300,000 from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

While the college continues its efforts, sexual assault incidents continue to be reported.

A Hopewell Township man is accused of raping an 18-year-old York College student in her dorm last semester, according to police.

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Grubb was unable to be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, March 21.