White House Takes Action Against Campus Sexual Assault

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The Obama Administration has released new guidelines on how colleges can help prevent assaults, including a series of public service announcements featuring famous men.



"White House Takes Action Against Campus Sexual Assault." Rehema Ellis, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 29 Apr. 2014. NBC Learn. Web. 8 September 2018.


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White House Takes Action Against Campus Sexual Assault


We're back now with a new effort by the White House enlisting famous men from the entertainment business to combat what's being called an epidemic of sexual assaults against women on our college campuses across this country. Our report tonight from NBC's Rehema Ellis.

REHEMA ELLIS, reporting:

Sexual violence on America's college campuses is alarming. According to recent reports, one in five women have been sexually assaulted at college but only 12% of student victims report the assault.

MADELEINE SMITH: I think about it every day. Hi, everyone.

ELLIS: Today at the White House, Madeleine Smith revealed how painful it was for her to admit she had been sexually assaulted as a Harvard student two years ago.

SMITH: I would want to share what it's like when your dad answers the phone and you have to find a way to tell him that the one thing he never wanted to happen to his little girl had happened

ELLIS: Releasing a new set of guidelines on how colleges can help prevent assault, Vice President Joe Biden had a stern warning for men.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: No man has a right ever to raise his hand to a woman. Period. End of story. It is assault, if they do.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (The White House): It's up to all of us.

ELLIS: The White House hopes a series of new public service announcements, using famous male faces, will help spread the message.

DANIEL CRAIG (The White House): We've got a big problem and we need your help.

SETH MEYERS (The White House): It's called sexual assault and it has to stop.

DULE HILL (The White House): We have to stop it, so listen up.

ELLIS: For Madeleine, the fact that her attacker didn't stop still gives her nightmares.

SMITH: The hardest part of it is someone is taking away your control, taking away your choice.

ELLIS: The new PSAs make it clear society shouldn't tolerate that any more.

BENICIO DEL TORO (The White House): If she doesn't consent or if she can't consent, it's rape, it's assault.

STEVE CARELL (The White House): It's a crime. It's wrong.

ELLIS: Tonight, the White House says a new website NotAlone.gov will be devoted to providing information on enforcement actions: How victims can file a complaint and where they can go to get confidential help on and off campus. Brian.

WILLIAMS: Rehema Ellis in our New York studios for us tonight. Rehema, thanks.