President Obama recorded a video message for the Grammys, calling on the audience and artists to “create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated.” The video was part of Obama’s It’s On Us campaign to end rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women.
“It’s not okay, and it has to stop.”
That was President Obama’s message at the Grammy awards. He noted that almost 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has experienced rape or attempted rape, and nearly 1 in 4 have experienced domestic violence of some form, according to the Washington Post.
“It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all our young people, men and women, can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”
The Grammy awards is the latest high-profile platform for the campaign. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, multiple celebrities have already worked to support the President’s It’s On Us campaign, including Kevin Love, Jon Hamm, and hip hop artist Common. The campaign involves a pledge for participants to proactively take steps to prevent sexual assault.
The Obama administration has also taken an aggressive enforcement stance on sexual violence, especially in colleges and universities. Using Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, the Department of Education has started investigations of 92 universities across the country for their policies and handling of cases of sexual assault or harassment.
The details of the It’s On Us campaign, including the pledge to help prevent violence against women, can be found on the website itsonus.org.
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