The White House released a new "1 is 2 Many" PSA Tuesday, featuring President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and actors Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell delivering a powerful message against sexual assault occurring on college campuses and elsewhere.
The video was posted in conjunction with the release of a report from a White House task force on college sexual assault this week. The report, as Biden made clear in remarks at a White House event Tuesday, emphasizes men's role in ending sexual violence.
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.
In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens, students, and young women ages 16-24. The Vice President pushed for the inclusion of vulnerable groups in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and he remains committed to supporting all survivors.
Vice President Biden also joined President Obama when he created the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, co-chaired by the Office of the Vice President and the Council of Women and Girls. The Task Force is releasing a new initiative, Not Alone, which provides resources to students, advocates, and universities. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence and educating the public on the realities of abuse, the Vice President is leading the way in an effort to stop this violence before it begins.
As Del Toro clearly states during the video, "If she doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. It's assault."
Click play to watch the "1 is 2 Many" PSA for yourself above. Afterwards you can learn more information about the campaign at their website here.