Vice President Joe Biden kicked off new public service announcements on Tuesday, featuring TV and movie celebrities talking on the subject of sexual assault. According to the White House, the PSA is part of the "1 is 2 Many" campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The message reportedly encourages men to "speak up" and "step in" if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted.
According to a White House press release, while anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, some are more at risk than others: 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and young women, ages 16 to 24, experience the highest rates of sexual violence at the hands of someone they know. The PSA, produced by the White House, features several film and television actors, President Obama, and Vice President Biden. It encourages men to be part of the solution by delivering a simple message: “If she doesn’t consent – or can’t consent — it’s a crime . . . and if you see sexual assault happening, help her -- don’t blame her —and speak up.”
The PSA will air in select Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters, over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), and in movie theaters on military installations and ships underway worldwide starting in May. Joining the President and the Vice President in the PSA are Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and Dulé Hill.
To view one of the PSAs click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLdElcv5qqc
For more information about the Administration’s efforts to combat sexual assault visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/accomplishments.pdf