A new PSA featuring male celebrities and President Obama asks for help to stop sexual assaults.
Big name stars like Steve Carrell, Seth Meyers, Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, and Dule Hill appear in a video along with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, all for the new "1 is 2 Many" PSA. The video, which delivered a powerful message about sexual assaults occurring on college campuses and elsewhere, was released along with a report from the White House task force on college sexual assault.
Biden personally reached out to the celebrities, asking for their help and to be a part of the important PSA. The Vice President has spoken passionately about this issue and recognizes the extreme and urgent need for action, especially men's role in ending sexual violence.
As Del Toro strongly says in the video, "If she doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. It's assault."
Biden recognized the need for this type of campaign when he met a young woman, a Harvard University graduate, who was raped on campus two years prior. She had taken to her own cause, speaking out about how the university handled the investigation.
The young woman faced "the bad guys" on her campus who sided with her attacker, but also thanks "the good guys" who worked to help her. She stressed the importance of having guidelines to help administrators deal with the on campus issues with rape cases.
"No man has a right ever to raise his hand to a woman period. It is assault if they do." He raised his voice and pounded his fists on the podium during the event, which created quite a stir and applause from the audience.
Biden says that victims should not be "re-assaulted" during campus investigations of sexual assault. "We almost always ask the wrong questions," Biden said. "We ask questions like 'What were you wearing?' and 'What did you say?' When, in reality, the real question is 'What made him think that he had the right to do what he did?'"
Education Secretary Arne Duncan as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius helped with the campaign by unveiling a new website, www.notalone.gov, which provides resources for students and administrators.
One of the major guidelines indicates that colleges receiving federal funds will be in violation of the Title IX equal rights law if sexual assault claims are not properly investigated.
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