You gotta love Joe Biden. Earlier this week, on the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, he released a video calling on young people to share their ideas for how to prevent dating violence and sexual assault at their schools and on their college campuses.
Biden notes that young women age 16-24 continue to have the highest rates of rape and sexual assault and cites some always-staggering statistics: Approximately 1 in 5 women will be a victim of sexual assault while they are in college and 1 in 9 teen girls will be forced to have sex. 1 in 10 teens have been physically hurt on purpose by someone they’re dating.
He urges everyone, particularly boys and men, to speak out against violence against women when they see it. And he offers this simple advice:
No means no. No means no if she’s drunk or sober. No means no if she’s in the dorm room or on the street. No means no even if she said yes first and changed her mind. No means no—no matter what. Assault is assault. Rape is rape is rape and it’s a crime.
Biden, who drafted VAWA back in 1994 as a Senator, has been re-focusing on this issue a lot lately. In the spring, he and the Department of Education told colleges they needed to do more to prevent sexual assault. And he recently launched the “Apps Against Abuse” competition.