Joe Says No to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

7 Apr

Turns out, female college students aren’t the only ones aware of the epidemic of sexual violence on campuses. In fact, even our government is taking their heads out of the sand. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the University of New Hampshire this past Monday along with education secretary Arne Duncan. He spoke about what the government is doing to take action against this issue: the instating of Title IX, requiring schools to take immediate action in the case that sexual violence or harassment of any kind is reported.

Biden was also quoted saying, “No means no. No means no if you’re drunk or if you’re sober. No means no if you’re in bed in a dorm or on the street. No means no, even if you said yes at first, and you changed your mind.”

This is so important for the Vice President of the United States to proclaim in front of a live audience of citizens. As a young woman in college myself, it feels comforting to know that my country’s VP feels so strongly about this issue. I’ve always known his above statement to be true, but it seems to be a missing component of mainstream knowledge. No simply means no.

It’s also a significant piece of news because Joe Biden is a key male involved in the conversation around sexual assault. Men are essential to this dialogue and are necessary in order to fully achieve a goal of safer campuses. With the surplus of victim-blaming going around, people tend to forget who should really be under watch and involved in this process; we need to stop focusing on what young women are allegedly doing wrong and concentrate on the men involved.

Biden’s voice is imperative to this issue, yet he doesn’t fail to leave out the opinions of women. His accompanying spokesperson, secretary Duncan, is another demonstration of his dedication to authentically representing women. Their combined presence sends a strong message: both female and male perspectives are being represented when it comes to taking federal action around campus sexual assaults.

The U.S. is currently struggling with three wars overseas, extreme public education conflicts, and a failing economy spiraling out of control. Sometimes it just takes a small act, like speaking in front of America’s youth and pledging your allegiance to a pressing social issue, to restore a little bit of hope.

In other words, go Biden! You may have plagiarized at Syracuse Law, but you’re still a hero in my eyes for making moves like this. I’m pretty sure Vice President Cheney never really addressed something like this with American college students…

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2 Responses to “Joe Says No to Sexual Assault on College Campuses”

  1. lauren p. April 8, 2011 at 5:35 am #

    i’m glad SOMEONE in gov’t is finally paying attention to this. my best friend was a victim of this at our school last semester and it didn’t play out in the best way. i hope universities actually listen to biden when it comes to this new law. republicans would never do something like this….

  2. Joe April 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Doesn’t matter if you are a dem or rep. Safety on college campuses is the most important issue. When you go on a tour of a college, they ensure the parent your child will be safe..but are they? I don’t think just a blue light in the middle of campus will have a young person from being assulted, sexually or otherwise.

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