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Obama takes a stand on sexual assault

Megan Newman, ‘Doah Editor-In-Chief
January 29, 2014

This week President Obama announced a new White House initiative to work to prevent sexual assault and other violent crimes.

Citing a report from the White House-convened Council on Women and Girls, Obama called it “totally unacceptable” that one in five women totaling over 22 million women in the U.S. have been victims of rape or other forms of sexual assault in their lifetimes.

Acknowledging that college students are at a particularly high risk, a special task force has been created to help schools create plans to prevent and respond to sexual assault and violence.

A large part of the task force is to help students who have been victims of rape or other sexual assaults to feel comfortable coming forward and reporting the incidents as the Council reported that only 12 percent of college assault victims report the incident to campus authorities or the police.

The report also referenced the influence of heavy alcohol and drug use on campus as well as a survey stating that many of sexual assault offenders on college campuses are serial offenders, among admitted offenders 63 percent confess to having committed an average of six rapes.

The initiative will also be continuing working to battle sexual assaults in the military.

Obama referred to assaults within the military “an injustice that no one who volunteers to protect our nation should ever endure.”

Many improvements have already been made in the past year to protect those serving the country but there is still work to be done.

In his address, Obama called preventing sexual assault a “priority… Sexual assault is an affront to our basic decency and humanity.

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