The White House is fighting back against rape culture in the best way possible by holding America’s colleges accountable.
According to the Washington Post, President Barack Obama, VP Joe Biden, their wives and members of the cabinet will no longer visit universities whose leaders fail to address the problem of campus sexual assault.
“I don’t know your name—but I know that a lot of people failed you that terrible January night and in the months that followed,” he wrote.
Now, alongside some of the most powerful names on Capitol Hill, he’s making sure this never happens again. Biden told the Washington Post, he’d like the government to “take away their money,” if colleges don’t start to “put the pedal to the metal.” That means they could lose crucial federal funding.
As of this year, the education department reports 253 ongoing investigations in 198 post-secondary institutions, involving the handling of sexual assault cases. Fortunately, the White House has stepped up its response against sexual violence on campuses to prevent that number from rising.
In 2014, the White House created the It’s On Us campaign to help combat sexual assault. Using some famous names, they’ve been able to get their message out. Most recently, teaming up with Lady Gaga for her beautiful performance of “‘Till It Happens to You” at the Academy Awards this year. The campaign has also created chapters at different colleges, where students advocate for better sexual assault response policies and for schools to take a more proactive approach.
Despite these recent efforts, a recent study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics show 1 in 5 women still risk being victimized by some form of sexual violence by the time they graduate college.
Maybe this new development will help improve things.