The below anti-sexual assault PSA was unveiled by Vice President Joe Biden during a White House event that introduced new guidelines for college campuses to help curb sexual assaults.
Biden’s speech was poignant and on-point, addressing many of the most difficult issues facing victims of sexual assault. He slammed the tendency of people investigating such crimes (especially on campuses) to “re-assault” victims by insinuating they were responsible for what was done to them and calling into question the victim’s actions, while giving the perpetrator the benefit of the doubt.
“We almost always ask the wrong questions when it comes to sexual assault,” Biden said. “We continue to ask questions like ‘What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you?…The real question is what made him think that he had the right to do what he did?” He added that there needs to be a clear message that there are no extenuating circumstances when it comes to rape. “No means no, whenever it is stated,” he said.
This is a vitally important issue facing our society, and the need for influential people to help guide this national conversation in the right direction is paramount.