Biden Enlists Hollywood to Curb College Sex Assaults

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 05:25 PM

By Lisa Degnen

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Vice President Joe Biden has become a college activist at the age of 71 as he spearheads a new campaign to end sexual assaults on college campuses around the country.

Biden on Tuesday revealed his "1 is 2 Many" plan at the White House to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault. President Barack Obama and a bevy of Hollywood stars joined him, including Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, Benicio del Toro, Dulé Hill and Seth Meyers.

The leading men, along with Obama, will appear in public service announcements aimed at raising awareness about the issue. There also will be new guidelines for college campuses to help stop assaults, reports the entertainment website Hollywoodlife.com

"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?'" Biden told the assembled crowd. "The real question is, what made him think he had the right to do what he did?"

Biden then premiered the one-minute PSA, which begins with a message from Oscar winner del Toro: "If she doesn't consent, or if she can't consent, it's rape. It's assault." James Bond's Craig follows with: "If I saw it happening I'd never blame her. I'd help her."

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"I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project," Craig told reporters. "The message is clear and simple: Everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on."

The videos, one 30 seconds long and one a minute long, will be shown in theaters across the country before feature films and on military installations and ships. The message is that if a woman does not give her consent for sexual activity, that activity is a crime and the victim should not be blamed.

"We need all of you to be part of the solution," Biden says on the 30-second video as he's seen seated at his desk, according to Today.com. "This is about respect, it's about responsibility." Then Obama follows with: "It's up to all of us to put an end to sexual assault. And that starts with you."

"It's called sexual assault, and it has to stop," Meyers says on the video.

The White House even offers its own website, where it says that one in five women will be assaulted while in college and suggests tips on how to have a healthy relationship.

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