White House Releases Anti-Sexual Assault PSA

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 05/02/2014 | 12:15 PM EDT

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, actor Dulé Hill and others star in new video campaign emphasizing need for men preventing sexual violence

The White House released an anti-sexual assault video PSA in an effort to emphasize the vital role men play in preventing sexual violence.

Utilizing the influence of celebrity, the video features actor Dulé HIll, Seth Meyers, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, and even the White House itself with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The 60-second clip was released through the White House’s YouTube channel.


According to the White House's new guidelines for combating sexual assault on college campuses, "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." The video condemns victim blaming and stresses affirmative consent and bystander intervention. But more specifically, it’s a call to action for men everywhere to become more deeply engaged with the issue of sexual assault.

The PSA is the second of the “1 is 2 Many” campaign, the first of which was released in 2012 and focuses on partner violence. However, as pointed out by PolicyMic, neither PSA’s mention male victims of sexual assault or domestic abuse. Still, advocates commend the White House’s efforts, citing the benefit of its broader goal of getting men more engaged in the issue and reducing the number of sexual assaults across the country, specifically on college campuses.

(Photo: The White House via youtube)

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