The Obama Administration has released its first report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
Vice President Biden spoke at 2:30pm Eastern.
Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault:
One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year. In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.
The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.
Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1) identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts. We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.
These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault. The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.[…]
Part of that initiative is a new web site: www.NotAlone.gov
“Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone.
We have your back. I’ve got your back.”
President Barack Obama, January 22, 2014