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Rape, a crime 1 in 5 college girls experience

Vice President Biden says colleges and universities need to do more to protect their students.

Madeleine Smith, a graduate of Harvard University who was raped while attending college, speaks during an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 29, 2014 in Washington, DC.
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U.S Vice President Joe Biden speaks during an event on protecting students from sexual assault at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. During the event, Biden announced the release of the first sexual assault report.
Photo by Win McNamee

Biden announced the results of the first report put out by the new White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault today while he spoke at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for an event.

He also released a service announcement geared towards men about sexual assault.

His message, for college students, was that men should "speak up and step in" if they see a young being loured away to a possible sexual assault.

White House campaign to reduce sexual assault on college campuses is called "1 is 2 Many".

Statistics show that one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college, and women 16 to 24 years old experience high rates of sexual violence especially coming from people they know.

The service announcement features President Obama, Vice President Biden, and several television actors encouraging men to "be part of the solution".

The message: "If she doesn't consent – or can’t consent — it’s a crime . . . and if you see sexual assault happening, help her -- don’t blame her —and speak up.”

The message will be aired at Regal and Cinemark movie theaters before films, and it will air before movies shown in military installations and on ships underway starting in May.

“This PSA (Public Service Announcement) is about reaching out to people and letting them know that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults," said Benicio Del Toro in the announcement. "Those who commit sexual assaults will be condemned, whoever they are. The PSA also encourages any witness to such acts to speak up, do the right thing, and be a hero. It is about protecting and respecting our loved ones--our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends.”

Another actor, Daniel Craig chimes in, “I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project. The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses. Please watch it and pass it on.”

Dulé Hill also is part of the message, telling young people, "One sexual assault is one too many. My desire for this PSA is that it will heighten awareness and in turn be a catalyst for more prevention.”

See the public service announcement here.

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