White House PSA Against Sexual Assault Stars President Obama Himself

by
Sameera Ehteram
The White House has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video, 1 is 2 Many, starring President Obama and other prominent celebrities to highlight the role men can play in preventing sexual violence at college campuses.

Apart from the president himself, 1 is 2 Many stars Vice President Joe Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell and asks that sexual assault be eliminated.

The message of the PSA is simple, “If she doesn't consent — or can't consent — it's a crime. And if you see it happening, help her, don't blame her, speak up." 

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The White House says, “Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, there is still a long way to go.Young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. In the last year, one in 10 teens have reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women have been sexually assaulted while they’re in college. While men compromise a smaller number of survivors, male survivors are no less important.“

The video is part of a campaign by the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.

The White House also asks people to, “Support all survivors regardless of their gender or identity. Listen to their stories without judging or blaming. Offer to go with them to seek resources and services if they want them.

Speak up if you hear comments that promote violence against women. Be aware of language that you use that degrades women and survivors of other identities. Don’t be afraid to be an active bystander and intervene if you believe violence is occurring and it is safe for you to do so.

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Be a role model for healthy relationships. Always treat others with respect and expect the same from others. Mentor and teach younger people to also act as role models.

Join an organization that is working to end dating violence and sexual assault. Don’t have one in your community? Start one!”

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