White House Releases Star-Studded PSA About Rape, Announces New Sexual Assault Initiatives

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden star alongside the likes of Steve Carell and Seth Meyers in a White House public service announcement about sexual assault released Tuesday.

“Young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault,” according to a White House news release.

“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.”

It is as a result of those statistics that Vice President Biden is leading the “1 is 2 Many” initiative and “focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens, students, and young women ages 16-24.”

The PSA was released on the same day that the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first-ever report and announced planned actions to help address the nationwide problem and provide support for victims.

“In addition to helping schools identify the scope of the problem, prevent sexual assault on campus, and respond when a student is assaulted, today’s announcements will also help strengthen federal enforcement efforts and improve and improve government communication with survivors, parents, school administrators, and the public,” the release said.

Another element of these efforts, www.NotAlone.gov, was also launched Tuesday.

Students can use the site to learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint. Schools and advocates can find federal guidance on legal obligations, the best research, and relevant legislation.

Also featured in the PSA are actors Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro and Dulé Hill. Watch it below.

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