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“Real Men Don’t Hurt Women”: Presidential Comments on Sexual Assault Prevention

27 Jan
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This week, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, affirmed his commitment to issues of domestic and sexual abuse. In his weekly address to the nation, Obama announced the development of a White House task force to reduce the number of sexual assaults on college campuses. Current statistics reveal that 1 in 5 women will be the victims of sexual assault in college, a number that Obama calls “totally unacceptable.” The task force will help colleges prevent sexual assaults by providing examples of policies and protocols, measuring the success of existing and future programs, and suggesting resources to victims (for more on the goals and initiatives of the task force, see this White House memorandum). In addition to the work of the federal task force, Obama urged parents, especially fathers, to teach young men that “real men do not hurt women” and that they should be outraged by men who do. In other words, Obama has called out masculinity, implying its role in sexual assault and asking for a redefinition of what it means to be a man. Continue reading

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