Misericordia University Pledges To End Sexual Assault

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DALLAS TOWNSHIP -- It's a part of a growing national movement, but some people believe now is especially important to bring the issue to light.

Two dozen students at Misericordia University raised their hands as the school's president, along with the director of the governor's northeast regional office, signed a form pledging to end sexual assault on campus.

Dr. Thomas Botzman, the school’s president, said, “It's extremely important that all of us work together to think about how to proactively work on the issue of sexual assault."

It's a part of the national "It's On Us" initiative. It's an awareness campaign, helping students identify situations where sexual assault might occur and how to prevent the assault from happening.

“We're trying to get both males and females to realize they need to intervene in any sort of situation, and the respect goes both ways,” said Cassandra Coleman, the director of the northeast regional office of the governor.

The pledge happens to come less than a week after Donald Trump made headlines in a video just made public from 2005, showing Trump describing sexual assault, not realizing his mic was on.

“I don't believe that's a good way for a president to act or a presidential candidate to act,” said one student.

“Many of the things he says are just out there and not right,” said another student.

Denouncing Trump isn't just happening among students here. Students from several schools from around the state all came together in a web chat, calling out Trump for his remarks.

“This is deeply personal to many women and men, and we all deal with it in our own way, and we all have to keep reliving it because Donald Trump can't speak with a shred of respect for women,” said Chelcie Alcorn, a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Trump says his comments were nothing but locker room talk.

According to the "It's On Us" campaign, more than 10 percent of all college students experience sexual assault, and most of them are women. But officials hope that intervention could help eliminate it.