White House Combats Sexual Assaults With Celebrity-Packed PSA Video

5-2-2014 4-39-06 PM

The White House released a PSA video via its YouTube channel, in which President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined a high-powered group of celebrities to emphasize the vital role men play in preventing sexual violence.

The video was first introduced by VP Biden during the official release of “The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault” in Washington on Tuesday. The 60-second clip encourages male activism and awareness surrounding the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, stating, “We need to engage men as allies in this cause. Most men are not perpetrators – and when we empower men to step in when someone’s in trouble, they become an important part of the solution.”

With big-name stars like Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill, the message of the PSA is relatively straight-forward: “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.”

This is the second of the 1 is 2 Many campaign; the first was released in 2012. Although both videos utterly neglect male victims in sexual assaults and violence, both signify an important step towards attaining affirmative consent and engaging bystander intervention when these issues are at hand.

Watch the 1 is 2 Many PSA video below, and spread awareness!