How many times have our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and fathers advised us on how to prevent the sexual assault that they knew was sure to come. They told us not to wear too short, too tight clothes, warned us about leaving our drinks unattended at parties and forwarded e-mails about how to protect ourselves from the potential attacks of strange men in the darkness.
Most of us have heard these things. But speeches about rape, consent and street harassment were rarely discussed with our brothers, cousins and, in the case of mothers, our sons.
It’s no secret that there is gross ignorance, misunderstanding and apathy among men when it comes to the sexual assault women experience, on a daily basis, in this country. But the White House is trying to combat that. After Vice President Joe Biden, delivered a speech on protecting students from sexual assault, the Obama administration introduced their new PSA and campaign against sexual assault.
The commercial features actors like Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill as well as the president and vice president. It’s the second commercial in the president’s 1 is 2 Many campaign which featured celebrities like Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin and David Beckham.
Take a look at the PSA above and spread the word.