President Obama: “Real Men Do Not Hurt Women”

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Whether you agree on his policies or not, and whether you voted for him or not, there’s finally something we can all agree to like President Barack Obama for. The commander in chief put pen to paper on an important document which aims to protect and prevent sexual assault against women on college campuses around America, and against men and women in the military.

President Obama signed a memorandum on Wednesday January 22nd, 2014, to establish the ‘White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault’. A report from the White House Council on Women and Girls says that one in five women is sexually assaulted while they attend college.

“This is a priority for me, not only as president and commander in chief but as a husband and a father of two extraordinary girls,” the president said at the White House Wednesday.

“You can judge a nation and how successful it will be based on how it treats its women and its girls. Those nations that are successful, they’re successful in part because women and girls are valued,” he said.  “I’m determined that by that measure, the United States of America will be the global leader.”

“I want every young man in America to feel some strong peer pressure in terms of how they are supposed to behave and treat women,” the president said.  “We need to encourage young people, men and women, to realize that sexual assault is simply unacceptable, and they’re going to have to summon the bravery to stand up and say so, especially when the social pressure to keep quiet or to go along can be very intense.”

If you haven’t already, you must watch the documentary called ‘The Invisible War‘ which goes into great detail about how women are sexually assaulted in the US military, and when they report it, it goes unheard and unnoticed. It is an eye-opening and very disheartening expose on how women are viewed even in 2014.

There were specific cases on women being denied healthcare due to assault from their male superiors. This film was so shocking that within two days of watching the film, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta decided to change the military’s policy for investigating sexual assault.

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And now with a mandate from the very top, President Obama, we hope that the military, college campuses and more importantly, judicial systems around the country will take notice and take greater care to uphold the rights for women everywhere.

Below is President Obama’s Weekly Address given on January 25, where he says some important things. He wants to strengthen the justice system, and reach out to survivors whose lives have been affected due to assault. While he acknowledges the government plays a huge role, he also urges us as citizens and members of our local community that we do can make a difference.

“We’ve especially gotta teach young men to show women the respect they deserve. I want every young man in America to know that real men do not hurt women!”

Ya heard?!

“Those of us who are fathers have a special obligation to make sure every young man out there understands that being a man means recognizing sexual violence, being outraged by it, and doing their part to stop it.”

But it’s not just President Obama who is fighting the war on sexual assault against women. Check out what Dr. Jackson Katz and Canadian activist Jeremy Loveday are doing to combat gender violence.

Take note men: these are the standards you are now expected to live up to. We hope this is a huge step in the right direction for women’s rights and gender equality in America. Thank you Mr. President!

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