Hey, Happy May, everyone!
I was delighted to see this Public Service Announcement from the White House yesterday that heralds the start of their '1 is 2 Many' campaign against violence and sexual assault.
The all male line up includes President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and actors Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell in a 60 second video that encourages us, men in particular, to intervene when we see something wrong and for men to recognise when their actions are wrong too.
Del Toro himself says it explicitly "If she doesn't consent or can't consent, it's rape. It's assault.". This is something I was very conscious of bringing up two boys (now almost men). I think it's vital to educate boys from an early age about right and wrong when it comes to boundaries and respect.
The numbers in this US campaign are staggering but in a similar study here in Ireland 'Say Something' by the USI last year, the numbers of sexual assault, reported and unreported are no less shocking. Again 1 is 2 Many.
What do you make of this campaign? Does it go far enough? Would you like to see more?