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Both Tom and I are heartbroken yet inspired by all the Americans and Pennsylvanians saying #MeToo this past week. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are a black-eye of our society that we too often cover-up. This must change.

Nearly two years ago Tom and I launched the first-ever state-level #ItsOnUs program to educate more Pennsylvanians about sexual assault and preventing it, especially on college campuses.

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Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to help end sexual assault by standing up and speaking out.

But our words aren’t enough to end sexual harassment and sexual violence. We must take action.

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This year, Tom announced a package of six pieces of legislation aimed at combating sexual violence. This bipartisan legislation is the result of students, parents, advocates, education leaders, and people across the commonwealth working together to improve reporting and response standards for sexual assault on K-12 and college campuses.

Take the pledge. Call your legislators. We can’t let down all those speaking out who have been affected by sexual harassment and violence. It’s on all of us to make sure their bravery is not wasted.

— Frances Wolf is first lady of Pennsylvania.

 

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