Sanchez announces $15K safety grant for Manor College

JENKINTOWN, Jan. 6 – State Rep. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, announced today a state grant of $15,350 for Manor College through the “It’s On Us” program to help ensure students remain safe from the threat of sexual violence.

Sanchez has supported the local college’s effort to secure funding from this program, which helps colleges and universities implement strategies to raise awareness about sexual violence and prevention, as well as instructs survivors about the reporting process and the resources available to them.

“Students seeking to learn and better themselves at colleges and universities should feel safe, and the ‘It’s On Us’ program has proven to be a substantial ally in combatting sexual assault throughout Pennsylvania institutions of higher learning,” said Sanchez, who earlier this week was sworn in to begin his second term representing the 153rd Legislative District in Montgomery County. “I am grateful to all who worked on helping Manor College earn this funding, which seeks to keep campuses free from sexual assault, harassment and violence.”

The funding for Manor College is part of a package of grants to postsecondary schools statewide. The schools use the funding for programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, educators and staff to campaigns to raise awareness about the reporting process and resources that are available to those victimized by sexual assault.

Montgomery County Community College was among other Pennsylvania schools to receive funding through the program. A full list of recipients is available via the Department of Education after Governor Wolf issued a statewide announcement earlier this week.

After It’s On Us started as a national campaign in 2014, Pennsylvania became the first state to establish its own statewide program, “It’s On Us PA.”