Considering recent studies suggest that the number of incidents of sexual violence against women in Australia is double the global average, the new PSA starring some of Hollywood’s finest leading men is definitely worth a watch.
The video is part of the wider 1 is 2 Many campaign, as a result of the White House’s report on protecting students from sexual assault entitled ‘Not Alone,’ in which Joe Biden states: “Freedom from sexual assault is a basic human right… a nation’s decency is in large part measured by how it responds to violence against women… our daughters, our sisters, our wives, our mothers, our grandmothers have every single right to expect to be free from violence and sexual abuse.”
Does it seem obvious? Sure. Does it still need to be said? Well, the above mentioned report found that not only are rates of sexual violence way up in Australia, but so are incidences of just regular old violence violence. “As a country we ought to be concerned about the level or the tolerance of violence that exists in our communities that is contributing to all kinds of crimes but particularly crimes against women,” said Director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at Central Queensland University Heather Nancarrow.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the White House before the screening of their new PSA saying, “I’m not used to making calls to big old movie stars, but I called them and every one of them said immediately, ‘What can I do?’”
Onya Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell.
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