A Renewed Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Renewed Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault
Friends –

Wednesday was an important day in the Obama Administration’s fight against rape and sexual assault.

As Valerie Jarrett, Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls outlines in her blog post, “the statistics around sexual assault in this country are nothing short of jarring.” A report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls entitled, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action” reveals that nearly 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lifetimes.  Click here to read the report.

President Obama and Vice President Biden delivered remarks on Wednesday, outlining the aggressive next steps that the Administration is taking to combat rape and sexual assault in all settings. As the President said, “Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted, you are not alone. You will never be alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back.”

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President Barack Obama signs the Campus Sexual Assault Presidential Memorandum during a White House Council on Women and Girls meeting in the East Room of the White House, Jan. 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

As part of an unprecedented national effort to address alarming rates of sexual assault on college campuses, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum establishing the “White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.” The taskforce will be charged with sharing best practices, and increasing transparency, enforcement, public awareness, and interagency coordination to prevent violence and support survivors.