The White House has enlisted the help of some of Hollywood’s leading men to help stop sexual assault. Read on to watch the powerful message starring everyone from Daniel to Steve Carell to President Barack Obama.
Vice President Joe Biden revealed a emotional PSA at a White House event on April 29 to raise awareness on rape and sexual assault. With the help of President Obama as well as several celebrity A-listers like Steve Carell and Daniel Craig, the White House proved that they are really taking a stand.
White House Releases Emotional PSA
The powerful PSA centers mainly on rape on college campuses as part of their 1 Is 2 Many campaign. For the important project, President Obama and Vice President Biden recruited actors, Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, Benicio del Toro, Dulé Hill and Seth Meyers to be apart of their campaign, which introduces new guidelines for college campuses in order to stop assaults.
Vice President Biden gave an empowering speech saying that victims of assault should not be asked personal questions and should be more focused on the perpetrator’s actions.
“We almost always ask the wrong questions when it comes to sexual assault. We continue to ask questions like ‘what were you wearing? What did you say? What did you do?” The Vice President continued,”The real question is what made him think he had the right to do what did?”
The one-minute PSA begins with an anti-rape message said by Benicio: “If she doesn’t consent, or if she can’t consent, it’s rape. It’s assault,” while Daniel says,”If I saw it happening I’d never blame her. I’d help her.”
Then the powerful message shifts to not just be about the perpetrator, but to also confront the bystander on their duty to help stop assault. “If I saw it happening, I was taught you have to do something about it,” Vice President Biden says.
The White House’s Plan To Stop Sexual Assault
The White House has recommended that college campuses institute training programs for bystanders and to make their reporting process more confidential. A new website has also been launched, NotAlone.gov, which will help victims find resources on how to respond and prevent sexual assault on college campuses.
We applaud the White House for taking such a strong stance on this huge issue. We also think it was great to have such a variety of stars on hand to show their support for the cause.
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– Caitlin Beck