White House: Fact Sheet: Not Alone – Protecting Students From Sexual Assault

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year. In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened. And though fewer, men, too, are victimized. The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1) identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts. We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future. These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault. The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

On Tuesday, we are launching a dedicated website – www.NotAlone.gov – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools. On the website, students can learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint. The website will also help schools and advocates: it will make available federal guidance on legal obligations, best available evidence and research, and relevant legislation. Finally, the website will have trustworthy resources from outside the federal government, such as hotline numbers and mental health services locatable by simply typing in a zip code.

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Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the release of the First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington.


USA Today: Biden: Colleges Must Step Up To Prevent Sexual Assault

Vice President Biden said on Tuesday that the USA’s colleges and universities have a moral responsibility to “step up” efforts to prevent sexual assault on campuses. Biden’s remarks follow the White House Task Force to Prevent Students from Sexual Assault’s release of a series of recommendations late Monday, which detail the administration’s plan to improve reporting by universities and colleges of sexual assault incidents as well as bolster efforts to educate students about sexual and gender-based violence. “I understand all the excuses and I understand all the rationale …but colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape or sexual assault doesn’t occur on their campuses,” Biden said. “I understand that the good guys [that] report feel like they may be damaging the reputation of their schools. I get it. But it doesn’t matter. We need to provide survivors with support and we need to bring perpetrators to justice.”

The administration also announced that it would launch the website NotAlone.gov where enforcement data will be published and begin a push to require colleges and universities to conduct “climate surveys” to better understand how frequently incidents happen on campus but are not reported to authorities. “I challenge every college and university if they are really serious about protecting students to conduct anonymous surveys,” Biden said. “They have a moral responsibility to know what is happening on their campus.” the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released released a new guidance document on students’ rights and schools’ obligations under Title IX, which require colleges and universities that receive federal funds to investigate claims of sexual assault and provide a timely and impartial grievance procedure to resolve those claims. Notably, the guidance extends Title IX protection for the first time to claims of discrimination based on gender identity.

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Vice President Joe Biden consoles Madeleine Smith after she recounted her story of being raped while a student at Harvard University







The White House’s 1 is 2 Many website. You can access a plethora of resources that help combat sexual violence











131 Responses to “#1Is2Many”

  1. April 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Swoops in unannounced?

  2. 11 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Just ignore me…I’m just testing wordpress smileys

    (W) 🍸 ⭐ :developer: 🐻

  3. April 29, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This is a tremendous PSA campaign. Simple and direct, I hope it goes viral. Please, let’s do all we can to help this cause.

    I had the responsibility to investigate these kinds of campus incidents at one point in my career in higher ed and I must say it was very challenging and depressing. Although I worked hard to make a point of instituting reforms, I always felt victims never got the protection they needed and deserved. We have to continue to work to change that.

  4. April 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    “…..And while official Israeli policy may still be guided by the rule of law and some inherent sense of decency, one also cannot deny the ascendance in recent years of chauvinistic and even racist attitudes toward “the other” – including Palestinians and blacks – among increasingly powerful ultra-right wing and religious elements. They may shun the word apartheid, but its essence resides in their hearts.

    Kerry is likely to come under heavy criticism for his statements from both Israel and its Jewish supporters. And even though it may indeed have been inappropriate for an American Secretary of State to publicly drop the A-bomb in a wide forum – even one ostensibly closed to the press – the denunciation of Kerry won’t make the problem go away. Rightly or wrongly – in fact both – the apartheid label hangs over Israel’s head like Damocles sword, a threat that grows with every day that the occupation perseveres.”

    “Carefully coordinated, entirely spontaneous bursts of outrage ensued, not only from Republicans and Israelis, but also from Democrats. “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous,” tweeted Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California. I will dissent from Boxer’s critique, both because I believe that Kerry is a pro-Israel secretary of state who worries about the Jewish state’s future, and because I myself have used the word “apartheid” not only to describe a possible terrible future for Israel, but also as a way of depicting some current and most unfortunate facts on the ground……..

    Jeffery Goldberg, quoting his own column from 2004:

    A de-facto apartheid already exists in the West Bank. Inside the borders of Israel proper, Arabs and Jews are judged by the same set of laws in the same courtrooms; across the Green Line, Jews live under Israeli civil law as well, but their Arab neighbors — people who live, in some cases, just yards away — fall under a different, and substantially undemocratic, set of laws, administered by the Israeli Army. The system is neither as elaborate nor as pervasive as South African apartheid, and it is, officially, temporary. It is nevertheless a form of apartheid, because two different ethnic groups living in the same territory are judged by two separate sets of laws.

    I suppose this passage makes me an enemy of Israel, in the same way Kerry is an enemy of Israel, and in the same way that the former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (who is also Israel’s most decorated soldier) is an enemy of Israel, because Barak has also warned about the dangers of the status quo: “As long as in this territory west of the Jordan River there is only one political entity called Israel,” he said in 2010, “it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state.”………

  5. April 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Awesome post.

    I should have added sexism to the struggles against racism and classism in my piece yesterday, but that’s for another post.

  6. April 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Teach your sons, teach your sons, TEACH YOUR SONS. (While I try like h*ll with mine 🙂 )

    • 32 Dudette
      April 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm


    • 33 Nerdy Wonka
      April 29, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Absolutely. That’s where it begins. Unfortunately too many women are blamed or what they wore or how much they drank but it is never a survivor’s fault. It is always the rapist who did wrong by committing a heinous act.

      Also, we must not forget that many men are also sexually abused and they don’t report these atrocities due to shame. So men and women need to behave like decent human beings and understand that no means no.

  7. April 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    “Bundy and Sterling represent an ugly corner of contemporary American life, but it is one that is entirely invisible in recent Supreme Court rulings. In the Roberts Court, there are no Bundys and Sterlings; the real targets of the conservative majority are those who’ve spent their lives fighting the Bundys and Sterlings of the world. Chief Justice John Roberts has made a famous utterance on the subject of race, and it’s a revealing one. The remark came in a case in which the Justices addressed perhaps the most celebrated precedent in the Court’s history: Brown v. Board of Education. In that decision, in 1954, the Justices ruled that segregated public schools were by their nature unconstitutional.”…….

    ….The majority engaged in the same kind of blame-shifting in a recent case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. In response to an earlier Supreme Court decision permitting some forms of affirmative action at the University of Michigan’s law school, voters in the state passed a constitutional amendment barring any use of race in admissions. It was as if the Justices in the majority and those in dissent were writing about different countries. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion suggested that the debate over affirmative action should and could take place in a genteel, controversy-free zone. “In the realm of policy discussions the regular give-and-take of debate ought to be a context in which rancor or discord based on race are avoided, not invited.” (Yes, it “ought” to be, it just may be that it isn’t.) Kennedy said that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution include the people’s right to “try to shape the course of their own times and the course of a nation that must strive always to make freedom ever greater and more secure.” Apparently, this noble endeavor includes banning affirmative action. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote about a country where the Bundys and Sterlings still hold considerable sway……

    The vile words of the rancher and the basketball tycoon showed just how right Sotomayor was. Even if her colleagues insist otherwise, racial discrimination, far from being ancient history, is as fresh and new as the latest alert on your phone.”

  8. 35 Dudette
    April 29, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  9. April 29, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Chips or UT can you release a comment from spam for me? TY

    I don’t know peoples feelings about the death penalty, but I for one am not a proponent. As a Hindu and the reason I’ve been vegetarian my whole life is we don’t believe in killing animals as a source of food, but the killing of human beings… for whatever reason via death penalty makes me sick.

  10. 51 Dudette
    April 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    That PSA is excellent!

    • April 29, 2014 at 11:19 pm

      10 years ago when my daughter went to college, this was a big story in the news. I can’t remember what specific incidents were involved, but ‘rape on campus’ was all over the news. Many colleges were hiding their rape statistics, and discouraging girls from reporting. The college my daughter decided on, Bowling Green State in Ohio, was very proactive. They published their statistics and had ‘rape phones’ (so-called by the students) all over campus which could be used to make a direct call to campus security. A girl could call because she was feeling unsafe while walking the campus, or for an escort from her dorm to the library for late night studying, for instance. We were told all this at her campus visit. I was very impressed with they way they were upfront about the matter and the systems they had put in place to deal with it. It’s shameful that this is still a big issue 10 years later. So glad that PBO has stepped in to take charge of it. Is there anything he isn’t thinking about and working on? I have the impression he is working like a whirlwind to get everything done that he sees needs doing between now and 2017.

  11. 53 carolyn
    April 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    LL glad your latest essay is up on TPV. The wider dissemination it gets, the better!

    • April 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      It’s quite nice being able to post on two blogs.

    • April 29, 2014 at 9:52 pm


      I’m always so impressed at how sunny your outlook is, even though you reside in a state run by crazy people.

      Maybe tonight’s event will be the last straw for the sane in your state to decide to look at the facts, which are that Dems know how to govern and GOP don’t.

      • 60 carolyn
        April 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm

        Thanks Arapaho. In order to survive happily, I HAVE to look at what is good. When we moved here, the state was not like this…..it wasn’t like California or Washington or Massachusetts….but we had some good governors, not crazies. Also the state legislature was pretty well divided, not preponderantly far right Republican.

        I wrote Mary Fallin tonight and told her exactly what I think of her and this decision and action. I told her to stop humiliating this state and resign. She will never see my email, but I had to say it.
        On the good side, we are not alone in our standards and beliefs here. Things WILL change……maybe, as you suggest, this will be a low point that will wake some people up.

        You all probably know why this place is so important to me.

        • 61 Judith Fardig
          April 29, 2014 at 11:54 pm

          Thanks for writing to your governor and speaking forcefully about this miscarriage of justice.

  12. April 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Congrats on 1st magapie!!

    Knew you would create a very special thread acknowledging the outstanding leadership of President Obama and VP Biden in their quest to ablate violence against women, NW. And, you did just that. Thank you!!!

  13. April 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

  14. 64 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

  15. 65 Dudette
    April 29, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Gold Star Post!

    Thank you soooooo much!

  16. 67 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  17. April 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Urge all of you to read every word of this ….

    “UKRAINE will not forgive this.

    Say what you like, but I myself am terrified when I think about the fact that, for the second month in a row, Ukraine is waiting an ARMED MILITARY INVASION from fraternal Slavic Russia. For the second month, it is preparing for war. For the second month, it is frozen in anticipation of the funerals of its sons whose mothers are freezing at every phone call for the second month. Having already received zinc coffins with its officers from Crimea, killed by RUSSIAN SOLDIERS, Ukraine has passed the psychological threshold and recognizes that in the event of war it will fight, and fight to the death.

    And yet, even knowing that mortality rates among its men will be unavoidably massive in this war, Ukraine is ready for it, ready to die but not to surrender….

    Myself, I’m afraid because I’m aware that, this time, Ukraine will not forgive us.

    Right now, we are passing the threshold, when a country that was our brother for hundreds of years is about to turn away and distance itself from us forever. When, before our very eyes, we are turning from brothers, neighbors, friends into a people that Ukrainians are READY TO FIGHT TO THE DEATH. They really are willing to die so that they will not have to live with us anymore.”

    More at the link in the tweet ….

    • April 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      National Security official believes Maidan brawl ordered by Russian special services

      No doubt about it. Fits precisely with the intercepted correspondence and conversations that have been published during the past 10 days.

    • 70 Layla
      April 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      OMG Bob! That journalist just broke my heart!

    • 71 jackiegrumbacher
      April 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      Bob, this is heartbreaking and especially so coming from a Russian reporter. War, death, generations of hatred, unimaginable loss and pain all due to the megalomania of one man. Putin could have stopped this at any time, but he put his ambitions, his will and his pathological needs above countless human lives and unmeasurable suffering. I don’t understand this level of moral depravity and I would not have believed it possible in this day.

    • April 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Agree with you both, Layla and Jackie.

      As you note, Jackie – “War, death, generations of hatred, unimaginable loss and pain all due to the megalomania of one man.” – Unfortunately, Putin received considerable guidance from GWB, Cheney, Rumsfeld & others, as has Assad and other ‘modern day’ tyrants.

      Humanity still has not learned the lessons of history. Inequity, greed and power are a lethal cocktail.

  18. 73 Elly in Maryland
    April 29, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I used to be in a women’s “study group,” (kind of like a book club but we didn’t always just read books). One month we were reading about rape. There were maybe 15 of us in the group, and at least 3 of them (can’t remember exactly but at least 3) revealed that they had been raped. I was astonished, but now I realize that it’s not uncommon.

  19. 74 jacquelineoboomer
    April 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

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  21. 83 donna dem 4 obama
    April 29, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I am physically ill over that torture that took place in OK tonight!!!!

    • 84 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      So am I. The Governor of OK has a lot to answer for….

    • 86 Layla
      April 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I hope the Justice Dept is aware!!!!! Heads should roll over this

    • 87 99ts
      April 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      That is the reaction of any sane person donna – horrific – beyond speech – beyond real – Can only hope this throws “legal murder” into the scrap heap of history.

      • 88 jacquelineoboomer
        April 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

        Pretty sure this isn’t the first time this has happened, sad to say. Sometimes it’s the only way things ever seem to change – when they can’t get any worse.

  22. April 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    MANY years after Her Greatness gave Ike the boot. (Has LL done a Tina night? I probably missed it….)

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  24. 100 Allison
    April 29, 2014 at 9:28 pm

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  27. 105 Vicki
    April 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Dudette, I watched Doc Rivers press conference.
    The big takeaway for me is a point he made several times: The emphasis on the players response to Donald Sterlings remarks is misplaced, said Doc.
    The players received the offense.
    Why is the burden of a response laid on them—was Doc’s question.
    Coach Rivers was effusive about Adam Silvers handling of this outrage and optimistic that the NBA owners would make sure the Clippers are sold.

    Doc Rivers looked drained and sad. How he will get his team ready tonight, well we will see. Doc predicted that the team will be getting tremendous support from the crowds at the Staple Center tonight and I think he is right on that.

    • 106 Vicki
      April 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Michael Powell from the NY Times had been tweeting that the Clippers team missed an opportunity to make a big statement at their last game. A pretty strange opinion. Making the story about a player failure rather than the owners despicable character.
      I think Doc Rivers may have been responding to that type of commentary.

    • April 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Which goes to show my point from yesterday. It’s not up to the oppressed to solve oppression.

      • 108 Vicki
        April 29, 2014 at 10:24 pm

        Yes, LL. Same point.
        Adam Silver took the full weight, though, didn’t he? Commisioner Silver apologized to the players, founders past and present as the representative of a League that had tolerated a monster in its midst.

        • April 29, 2014 at 11:42 pm

          Thanks for the info on the press conference Vicki. I agree with you and LL. It’s not up to the oppressed to solve oppression. That goes for bigotry, that goes for perpetratators of violent and/or sexual assault, that goes for emotional abusers too.

  28. 110 99ts
    April 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    If ever a politician should be banned for life it is the Governor of Oklahoma – this lady FORCED the execution against the ruling of the Courts – I hope she is prosecuted for what she has done.

    Rachel discussing the issues now.

  29. 111 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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  31. 113 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2014 at 9:48 pm

  32. 114 hopefruit2
    April 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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  34. 125 amk for obama
    April 29, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  35. April 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    • 128 99ts
      April 29, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      She is a disaster for her state & the country – complains that the legislature won’t vote to repair infrastructure under her funding guidelines – while she signs into law reductions in income tax. The mind boggles – perhaps at the voters more than the toxic governor.

  36. 129 anniebella
    April 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Well I don’t think POTUS enjoyed the basketball game. The Bulls lost to the Wizards, so the Bulls season is over. I never thought the Bulls would do very much without Derrick Rose. Sorry POTUS.

    • 130 hopefruit2
      April 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      I think he’s just happy to be home, safe and sound with FLOTUS, the girls, Sunny, Bo, First Grandma, etc. 🙂 🙂

  37. April 29, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    As usual, I am too late to post on the last thread, but here’s my comment on the outstanding PSA on the previous thread.

    This is the most mind-blowing and effective PSA I’ve ever seen (as I recall, perhaps I’m forgetting another PSA) and seems inspired by Will.i.am’s 2008 “Yes We Can” campaign video for Senator Obama, only with famous faces.

    Proof that Campaign 2014 is well underway by the Obama Administration. This calibre of work takes time to script, produce and edit. Valerie Jarrett talked to Zach Galifinakis six months before “Between Two Ferns” aired.

    The Obama Administration has to be the most disciplined and strategic ever. No question they are the best at planning and executing action to fulfill promises which Joe Biden and Barack Obama have made to this country.

    The despicable MSM/Koch attempt to shame OUR PRESIDENT on foreign soil (taboo before a Black man became President, a man who actually gets his goals accomplished despite roadblocks by the incompetent and fractured GOP) and the pathetic GOP are left with nothing to campaign on except for #Benghazi!, a successful ACA and, of course, their ace in their sleeve, bigotry.

    MSM and GOP have no clue how far behind the Obama team they truly are.

    This PSA also reminds me of the “Brother’s Keeper” initiative which was ignored (right?) by the MSM and emoprogs, an initiative that NO OTHER PRESIDENT in US history could have done.

    Yet MSM have nothing but criticism for the most successful Administration since FDR (who managed to do so under the most trying conditions ever, although his tenure was of course longer than 8 years).

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