Obama and Biden Boycott Colleges That Ignore Sexual Assault
Now is the time to “put the pedal to the metal” in combatting campus sexual assault, according to Vice President Joe Biden.
Both Biden and President Barack Obama promised not to visit colleges that are “insufficiently serious” about addressing sexual assault, White Houses sources told the Washington Post. In an interview with the Post, Biden also said he’d like to take away funding from such institutions.
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"Biden recently deemed campus sexual assault the “cause of [his] life,” and Obama called it "an affront to our basic humanity."
Biden recently deemed campus sexual assault the “cause of [his] life,” and Obama called it "an affront to our basic humanity."
In light of this, the President and VP decided to boycott institutions that shift blame for sexual assault from survivors to rapists.
“We have to take off the social blinders that make it so easy for people to overlook violence rather than confront it,” Biden said June 14, at the United State of Women Summit. “We have to throw the mindset that excuses sexual assault by saying: ‘Boys will be boys. It’s just the way it is.’ We have to ensure that survivors’ right to justice is always paramount above everything else, including — including — the perpetrator or the school’s reputation.”
The White House’s “It’s on Us” campaign, launched in 2014, focuses on educating men and women on how to identify sexual assault, and encourages them to intervene to stop it. Both Obama and Biden made high-profile appearances — including at the Oscars and Grammys — to encourage people to sign a pledge to “help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.”
Now, they're sending a clear message to colleges who enable rape culture — and there are quite a few.
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The Education Department is currently investigating 198 colleges and universities for allegedly mishandling sexual assaults.
The most recent high-profile rape case gained national attention after a freshman male at Stanford sexually assaulted a woman behind a dumpster. Students at the university held a protest at this year's graduation ceremony.
The Education Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine Lhamon, echoed the White House’s sentiments.
“I have no sympathy for a frank abdication of responsibility for the students you are charged with educating and whose civil rights are being violated,” she told the Washington Post.