Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans have started to “change the culture” of sexual assault but that “everyone has a responsibility” to help stem violence against women.
“We have a long history in our culture of basically, in many cases, equating women with being chattel. That they’re somehow owned,” Biden said before a listening session with student groups as part of a new White House Campus Sexual Assault Task Force.
Biden, who authored the Violence Against Women Act as a senator, said the country has “come a long way” but that violence against women must be aggressively addressed, particularly on college campuses.
“I would argue that the real measure of a man’s manhood is whether or not they are willing to intervene, whether or not they are determined to be a part of the solution,” he said. “Looking the other way is wrong. Simply wrong.”
"No means no, means no, whenever it is uttered," he said.
First published February 18 2014, 12:57 PM
Carrie Dann is a national political writer for NBCNews.com. She has worked for NBC and NBCNews.com since 2006. Dann writes about politics and Congress. Dann rejoined the web team after 18 months as a campaign reporter for NBC News, covering presidential and vice presidential candidates during the 2012 election. She also covered the 2007-2008 presidential campaign for NBC, including extensive reporting on the Iowa caucuses.
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