In a recent Public Service Announcement, actors and TV personalities such as Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro and Dule Hill came together with President Obama and Vice President Biden, in an effort to spread the message of the White House's push against sexual assault in colleges and the rest of the country. These people say some powerful things.
"It's happening to our sisters and our daughters..." -Steve Carell
"... Our wives and our friends." -Daniel Craig
"If she doesn't consent, if she can't consent, it's rape." -Benicio Del Toro
"If I saw it happening, I'd never blame her, I'd help her." -Daniel Craig
Though this site is meant for movie news and reviews, I feel that this needs to be addressed. This is an important issue, and it's good to see people from the celebrity community taking the initiative to stand against this horrible tragedy.
People everywhere, women and men, of all ages and backgrounds, are victims of sexual assault. Very often, these people are blamed for the crimes against them, with claims that "they put themselves in this situation." Having known many people who have been victims of sexual assault, I can say with complete conviction that this kind of behavior has to stop. It is absolutely abhorrent to think that people are opening up about a major emotional trauma and being told it's their fault. It's sickening.
But more than just that response, sexual assault has to stop.
It all goes back to that age-old saying, "No means no." And if a person is too drunk to say no, or if they are under the influence of drugs or under pressure to say yes, that still means no. It's a line that should never be crossed under any circumstance, and yet is crossed every day. And many, many people allow it to happen.
Sexual assault has to stop, and we have to take it upon ourselves to make it stop. If you see it, stop it. Because one is too many.
Thank you for your time, and please spread the word.
Visit the White House program's website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many to learn more.