In a stirring new anti-sexual assault PSA released by the White House on Tuesday, President Barack Obama joins a high-powered group of celebrities to emphasize the vital role men play in preventing sexual violence. President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden appear alongside big-name stars like Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill in the 60-second spot, released through the White House’s YouTube channel.
According to the White House’s new guidelines for combating sexual assault on college campuses, “The message of the PSA is simple: If she doesn’t consent — or can’t consent — it’s a crime. And if you see it happening, help her, don’t blame her, speak up.” The video clearly condemns victim blaming while emphasizing affirmative consent and bystander intervention. It is a rousing call to action for men everywhere to become more deeply engaged with these issues.
Vice President Biden introduced the PSA during the official release of “The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault” Tuesday afternoon in Washington. Like the video, much of the task force’s report is devoted to increasing male activism and awareness surrounding issues of sexual assault.