Stars aid Obama’s cam­paign against sex­ual as­sault

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WASH­ING­TON — U.S. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama says cam­pus sex­ual as­sault is “an af­front to our ba­sic hu­man­ity.” Obama spoke Fri­day as the White House un­veiled a new cam­paign to change the way peo­ple think about cam­pus sex­ual as­sault. A new pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment fea­tures Obama, U.S. Vice-Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den and other fa­mil­iar faces telling view­ers they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop sex­ual as­sault. The cam­paign en­cour­ages peo­ple on cam­pus to make sure friends are safe and to in­ter­vene be­fore an as­sault hap­pens. Jon Hamm of Mad Men, Kerry Wash­ing­ton of Scan­dal and NBA all-star Kevin Love are some of the fa­mil­iar faces par­tic­i­pat­ing in the It’s On Us cam­paign. Obama touted the cam­paign weeks be­fore a midterm elec­tion in which Democrats are count­ing on a strong turnout by fe­male vot­ers.

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