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  • The President: Hi, everybody.

  • This week, I called members of my Cabinet

  • to the White House to deal with a challenge that

  • affects so many families and communities -

  • the crime, the outrage, of sexual violence.

  • Sexual assault is an affront

  • to our basic decency and humanity.

  • And it's about all of us - the safety of those we love most: our moms, our wives,our daughters and our sons.

  • Because when a child starts to question their self-worth after being abused,

  • and maybe starts withdrawing...

  • or a young woman drops out of school after being attacked...

  • or a mom struggles to hold down a job and support her kids after an assault...

  • it's not just these individuals

  • and their families who suffer.

  • Our communities - our whole country -is held back.

  • Over the past five years, we've stepped

  • up our efforts stop these crimes.

  • And this week, we took another important

  • step to protect young women at college.

  • An estimated 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted at college -

  • and that's totally unacceptable.

  • So I've created the White House Task Force

  • to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

  • We're going to help schools do a better

  • job of preventing and responding to sexual assault on their campuses.

  • Because college should be a place where our young people feel secure and confident,

  • so they can go as far as their talents will take them.

  • And we're going to keep working

  • to stop sexual assaults wherever they occur.

  • We'll keep strengthening our criminal justice system,

  • so police and prosecutors

  • have the tools and training to prevent these crimes and bring perpetrators to justice.

  • We'll keep reaching out to survivors,

  • to make sure they're getting all the support they need to heal.

  • We're going to keep combating sexual assault in our armed forces

  • , because when a member of our military is attacked

  • by the very people he or she trusts and serves with,

  • that's an injustice that no one who volunteers to protect

  • our nation should ever endure.

  • Some of this is a job for government.

  • But really, it's up to all of us.

  • We've got to teach young people - men and women -

  • to be brave enough to stand up

  • and help put an end to these crimes.

  • We've especially got to teach young men to show women the respect they deserve.

  • I want every young man in America

  • to know that real men don't hurt women.

  • And those of us who are fathers have a special

  • obligation to make sure every young man out there

  • understands that being a man means recognizing

  • sexual violence and being outraged by it,

  • and doing their part to stop it.

  • Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying

  • to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone.

  • We have your back.

  • I've got your back.

  • I'm going to keep pushing for others

  • to step up - across my administration, in Congress,in state capitals,

  • college campuses and military bases all across our country.

  • This is a priority for me, not only as President and Commander-in-Chief,

  • but as a husband and a father of two extraordinary girls.

  • And I hope it's a priority for you.

  • Because here in the United States of America,every man and woman, every girl and boy,

  • has the right to be safe and protected and to pursue

  • their own piece of the American dream.

  • Let's all do our part to make it happen.

  • Thanks, and have a great weekend.

The President: Hi, everybody.

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Weekly Address: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault

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