The Men Of Hollywood Join The White House To Stand Against Rape And Sexual Assault (Video)
As part of the White House's push to be more responsive to sexual assault, the Obama administration recently launched the 1 is 2 Many campaign to combat violence against women.
To bring awareness to the issue, they enlisted the help of some of Hollywood's biggest names and faces, including Benicio del Toro, Daniel Craig and Seth Meyers, to speak in a PSA released today.
Throughout the ad's 60-seconds, the male cast — which includes remarks from Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama themselves — defines sexual violence.
"If she doesn't consent, or if she can't consent, it's rape, it's assault, it's a crime, it's wrong."
The message behind the PSA—which interestingly enough does come from only men, perhaps trying to expand the dialogue to the half of the population — is that if assault is witnessed or expected, it's everyone's responsibility to say something, and put a stop to it.
"If I saw it happening I'd speak up. If I saw it happening, I'd never blame her, I'd help her. Because I don't want to be a part of the problem. I want to be part of the solution."
The PSA is itself a little dramatic, but still a powerful reminder about the responsibility that each one of us has towards reducing the instances of sexual assault on college campuses, in the streets, in people's homes and everywhere else.