PA College Student receives 2019 Biden Courage Award for Stopping Sexual Assault

Gov. Tom Wolf congratulated Adrianna Branin for being named a recipient of a 2019 Biden Courage Award.

Branin, a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was granted the award for her actions last fall when she encountered six men harassing and photographing a drunk woman. She stepped in, stopping the men and escorting the woman home safely.

“I want to commend Adrianna for her bravery and thank her for helping make our commonwealth a safer place,” said Gov. Wolf. “Adrianna represents the very best of Pennsylvania, a place where people look out for each other. I hope her story inspires others to take action if they come across a situation where someone is in danger of harm.”

Gov. Wolf has called upon Pennsylvania colleges and universities to take proactive steps in preventing campus sexual assault through It’s On Us PA. Since launching the statewide program in 2016, the Wolf Administration has invested nearly $3 million to colleges and universities across Pennsylvania for programs that encourage students, faculty, and staff to step up and take action against campus sexual assault.

Branin was honored Tuesday evening with the award, which is named for former vice president Joe Biden, at an event hosted by the national initiative It’s On Us and the Biden Foundation.

All Pennsylvanians are encouraged to take the pledge to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.