President Obama and other high-ranking officials of the administration announced that they won’t be visiting colleges whose leaders they consider “insufficiently serious” when it comes to sexual assault on campus.
Besides the President and the First Lady, the decision to boycott educational institutions that fail to address campus-based sexual assaults has been joined by Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, as well as a number of prominent Cabinet members.
This information comes from Washington Post’s Sunday report, which cites officials close to both the President and the VP.
According to the Post, Mr. Biden urged the federal government to “take away their money“ from colleges that do not reform their insufficient policy regarding incidents involving sexual assaults against male, female and transgender students.
In addition to that announcement by the VP, Mr. Biden told the Washington Post that the matter of campus sexual assaults has been under his consideration since his first term in the White House, back in 2008.
More specifically, the VP stated that he asked President Obama to raise awareness about the issue and requested a staff that would study gun violence against women.
The Vice President talked about Mr. Obama’s response to the idea. “He said, ‘Okay.’ He knew how strongly I felt about it. He always thought it was an awful abuse of power. But as his daughters grew, he became more explicitly focused on it,”
Mr. Biden further added that over time the President had significantly shifted his focus and efforts on minimizing the issue at hand.
Furthermore, this joint-decision comes in the wake of the Stanford campus sexual assault scandal, where a male student engaged in illegal sexual contact with an unconscious female student.
Controversy about the matter sparked due to the judge’s six-month sentence verdict, despite the perpetrator being convicted of three counts of sexual assault.
Vice President Biden mentioned in an open letter to the Stanford victim. “It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.”
Via: The Washington Times