Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference

first_img June 08, 2016 Remarks by Governor Wolf at It’s On Us PA Press Conference It’s On Us PA,  Remarks,  Videos It’s On Us PA Press ConferenceHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:I want to thank all of you for being here to contribute to the important work that the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is doing.The effort to combat sexual assault and provide a safe haven for Pennsylvania’s students and young people is extremely importantThat is why Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to join the White House in this noble effortThis initiative has three goalsFirst, to improve awareness, prevention, reporting and response systems in the commonwealthSecond, to remove or at least reduce barriers that prevent survivors from reporting sexual assaultAnd third, to demonstrate that we are committed – at all levels – to the task of eradicating this scourge in PennsylvaniaWe need to treat sexual assault in our schools and colleges as the serious problem it truly isWe need to agree that we’re not going to put up with it any longerThat’s because sexual assault has a corrosive effect on all of us, and especially on those who are assaultedAn estimated 1 in 5 college women are assaultedNearly 20% of young women between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually assaultedMostly by someone the survivor knows and trustsClassmateSupposed friendA relativeOr a family memberAnd the impact is serious and widespreadSurvivors are more likely to experience immediate and long-term health issues like:Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – 94%Depression – 75%And suicidal tendencies – 35-50%Safety is a fundamental civil right and sexual assault is a clear violation of that civil rightWhen that violation occurs for any member of a communityIt occurs for every member of that communityIt violates the right of everyone to a safe societyPennsylvania must take a stand against sexual assault.That’s what the “It’s on Us PA” campaign is all about.It is about we, as a Commonwealth, saying that this act is entirely unacceptable and against the way of life we envision for ourselves and those in our communityWhen these acts are not taken seriously, or ignored, victims are singled out for humiliation and those that have committed them go unpunishedThat’s what happened at Stanford University, where a member of the University swim team was caught in the act of raping a young womanHe received only 6 months in a county jail with probation, while his victim will have to live the rest of her life with the feeling of violation and danger that he causedThese kinds of leniencies send a message to the community that we are not serious about preventing sexual assault, and safeguarding our young people.These kinds of leniencies are unacceptable.The “It’s on Us PA” campaign is about delivering that message across the Commonwealth.We need to end sexual assaultMy administration is committed to this goal.We have great partners in this effort who are committed to doing just thatSince January, over 800 people – including over 200 colleges, universities and school districts in Pennsylvania – have signed the pledge to join the “It’s on us” campaignMy administration has engaged them to help in this effortOver the past 6 months, we have held roundtables across the Commonwealth to hear from survivors, students, healthcare professionals and policy makers, trying to create better strategies for ending sexual assaultTo that end, I have proposed $1 million in the 2016-17 budget to invest in community partnerships that will help prevent sexual violence and remove barriers to reporting in schools across PennsylvaniaAdditionally, I have directed the Department of Education to provide support and technical assistance by administering this program and align state level resources to better support school districts and postsecondary institutionsIn the near future, my administration will introduce a legislative package designed to ensure that safety and wellbeing of students and young peopleThis package will target the enormous number of statutes and regulations that cover different types of harassment and violence to identify opportunities to prevent sexual violenceI am determined to make Pennsylvania a shining example to the rest of the world as to what committed citizens can do to make our world betterIt’s truly on all of us to accomplish thisLet’s get to workAnd thanks for your commitment to freeing our commonwealth of the problem of campus sexual assaultNow, I am very proud to turn the podium over to Coach Jay WrightCoach Wright is a key ally in the effort to end sexual assault on campusHe, like the rest of us, is committed to making sure that sexual assault has no place in the life of a young person.He also happens to coach the National Champion Villanova Wildcats Basketball teamJay WrightLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Trojans to begin season at Harvard Invitational

first_imgBefore the USC men’s tennis team can bring an unprecedented fourth consecutive NCAA championship to Heritage Hall, it must begin its journey on the other side of the country.Chasing history · Senior Daniel Nguyen looks to help lead USC to a fourth straight NCAA championship, which would tie a collegiate record. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanNearly a week after accepting their championship rings last Saturday, the No. 1 Trojans will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to compete against No. 72 Harvard, No. 34 Michigan and No. 10 Texas A&M in the Harvard Crimson Invitational on Friday through Sunday. But 2011 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Peter Smith and company will have their work cut out with them with the absence of senior Steve Johnson, who, after finishing No. 1 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, opted to forgo his fall semester in preparation for turning professional.In his place, sophomore Ray Sarmiento, along with seniors Daniel Nguyen and Emilio Gomez, hope to shoulder up the load, with the three entering the season ranked No. 15, No. 16 and No. 66 respectively. As a freshman last season, Sarmiento received ITA All-American honors with Johnson after reaching the NCAA singles round of 16 and winning the 2011 Pac-10 doubles championship with Johnson.“[Sarmiento] is very athletic,” associate head coach George Husack said. “Last year he matured a lot in playing dual matches and certainly has developed pretty well.”Nguyen and Gomez each played a large role in topping No. 1 Virginia to clinch USC’s third consecutive championship last spring, and for the second year in a row, Nguyen clinched the championship for the Trojans with a win over No. 34 Sanam Singh. Meanwhile, Gomez went 4-0 in team tournament play, landing him NCAA All-Tournament honors.The two also received All Pac-10 Honorable Mentions and will help maintain a veteran presence with senior Ben Lankenau for a Trojans team that welcomes four freshmen to the squad.One of these freshmen is the promising Yannick Hanfmann, who joins the Trojans from Germany. He is ranked No. 2 in ITA Newcomers/Freshmen rankings and No. 932 in Association of Tennis Professionals rankings. Hanfmann’s ATP rank is impressive for his young age, considering no one else from the team is presently ranked.“[Hanfmann] is one of the best young fellows in Germany,” Husack said. “He’s a big guy with a big game. He still has a lot of maturing and developing to do, but he’s going to help us a lot.”Sophomores Corey Smith and Michael Grant and freshmen Eric Johnson, John Meadows and Jonny Wang round out the rest of the young, talented roster.While USC’s aim is unquestionably to notch a fourth straight NCAA title, it insists its focus is on the Harvard Crimson weekend invitational, as it prepares for what might become a historic season.last_img read more

UNMEER Says No New Cases in Nine Counties

first_imgAn official report from the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has disclosed that over the past 21 days, nine counties, mostly in Southeastern Liberia, have reported no new Ebola cases.Hans Rosling said Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess counties, have reported no confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for more than 21 days, while Lofa County in northern Liberia has reported zero cases in more than 40 days.Speaking at the Information Ministry’s daily Ebola briefing last Monday, Mr. Rosling expressed the hope that the situation would remain under control and that there would not be a rebirth of the disease in those counties, especially Lofa, the former epicenter of the deadly Ebola virus disease.Lofa is one of several Liberian counties bordering Guinea, from which the first outbreak was transmitted. He explained that Foya in Lofa County registered Liberia’s first case of Ebola in early March 2014, with the disease subsequently spreading rapidly to other parts of the country.He has, however, cautioned residents of those counties to remain assertive in protecting their communities and families by adhering to the preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and its partners, including reporting all sick cases, doing away with bathing of dead bodies and shaking of hands.At the same time, according to Rosling, six counties- Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Sinoe, have reported over 70 Ebola cases in the last three weeks but he maintained that UMEER was determined to ensure that Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.It may be recalled that in early November, the World Health Organization (WHO) assigned doctor to Lofa, Clement Peter, declared the Foya Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) free of Ebola after it did not report cases of the disease in more than three weeks.“The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare a country Ebola-free if no new Ebola case is reported in 42 days. Liberia is fighting the virus and hopes that the country will be declared Ebola-free soon.”Also speaking, the Head of the Incident Management Team andAssistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, revealed that the government has sent a six-man technical team to Grand Cape Mount County to beef up the strength of the local Ebola Taskforce in eradicating the virus.Minister Nyenswah said the government’s decision to dispatch the team was due to the constant outbreak of new Ebola cases in the area and the need to curb the virus.He said it is regrettable that while many counties are reporting zero cases, Cape Mount is still reporting fresh Ebola cases daily.Minister Nyenswah further disclosed that the six-person team will work with the County Health Team and local and international partners in fighting the further spread of the virus in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more