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“Violence against women is not a women’s issue alone. It’s a man’s issue as well… So to all of the guys out there—you have to step up. That’s how we can change the culture on campus and around the country to one that understands no means no.”
– Vice President Biden
Today at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vice President Biden is honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by sharing an update on the Administration’s efforts to help combat sexual assault, especially on college and university campuses.
President Obama and Vice President Biden have made it a national priority to root out sexual violence and assault wherever it exists, particularly in our schools. Last year, they launched a public awareness and education campaign called It’s On Us, which seeks to empower college students to respond effectively to sexual assault, and to prevent it in the first place.
As part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to combat sexual violence, the Vice President, accompanied by actress Jessica Szohr of the new series "Complications," is traveling to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to recognize new It’s On Us commitments and progress, and the critical role that students at the University and across the country play in championing the It’s On Us mission.
It’s On Us now includes 75 non-profit and private-sector partners that focus on supporting the campaign using digital, television, and alternative strategies. Recent commitments from new partners include:
Here are some of the other university communities, groups, and celebrities supporting It's On Us:
#ItsOnUs to prevent sexual assault. Take the pledge at http://t.co/q6mqbTf7OY pic.twitter.com/rtsEnxgCZH— UGA (@universityofga) April 23, 2015
Join the #ItsOnUs movement and sign up today! Let’s act to prevent sexual assault. Visit http://t.co/CObiA2KEbX pic.twitter.com/7mBjLrUKJm— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) April 23, 2015
#TeamUSA pledges not to be a bystander to sexual assault, but to be a part of the solution. Join us here: http://t.co/3U7smSFiN6 #ItsOnUs— U.S. Olympic Team (@TeamUSA) April 23, 2015
Ducks Say Something. Ducks Do Something. We support @VP & the http://t.co/KcfTKLFzrl movement. #ItsOnUs https://t.co/hNyrOyJcwV— GoDucks (@GoDucks) April 23, 2015
Learn how you can help prevent sexual assault: http://t.co/FBYi4779Jl #ItsOnUs pic.twitter.com/RwLZJ3QY0a— NCAA (@NCAA) April 23, 2015
IT'S TIME. I pledge to not be a bystander to sexual assault, but to be a part of the solution. Join me here: http://t.co/JDoXzrsabj #ItsOnUs— Michael Ealy (@MichaelEaly) April 23, 2015
#KenyonCollege stands with #ItsOnUs to take action against sexual assault. Join us at http://t.co/hiz2sKixQB. pic.twitter.com/HIFedt2JXG— Kenyon College (@KenyonCollege) April 23, 2015
Support the #ItsOnUs effort to stop sexual assault. Watch @VP's remarks from @Illinois_Alma: http://t.co/T56PvqEcMP pic.twitter.com/zZIzrzikbL— SB Nation (@SBNation) April 23, 2015
As Hoosiers, #ItsOnUs to do everything we can to stop sexual assault. Take the pledge. http://t.co/aSILXdy9gK https://t.co/7HBfhsC0Ko— Indiana University (@IUBloomington) April 23, 2015