One2Many

The statistics are alarming.

According to health officials, “1 in 5 women will be a victim of sexual assault while in college, 1 in 9 girls will be forced to have sex, and 1 in 10 teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are dating.”

And for young Black girls and women, the numbers are even more startling. Back in 2007, the National Black Women’s Health Project found that by age 18, nearly half of Black women have experienced “coercive contact of a sexual nature,” and for every Black woman who reported a rape, at least 15 others did not.

Recently, the Obama Administration launched the “1 is 2 Many” campaign to end sexual violence. Spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden–who has been fighting to protect women since he introduced the Violence Against Women Act in Congress in 1990–“1 is 2 Many” seeks to reduce incidents of sexual assault and violence, particularly in young people ages 16-24.

The aid the cause, the Administration created the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and has rolled out a PSA teaching young men what they can do to put an end to sexual assault.

Take a look:

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  • Ivory

    This was probably the brain child of white feminists. Black Women! This is what power looks like. You’ve got the president the vp and well known actors in your pocket. Now I’m sure the Potus didn’t say to these women: “I’m not the president of female America, I’m the president of all of America.”

    More black women voted for this man than white women. So who is he indebted to? Tell him about intersectionality.

    • Brad

      But, won’t this message benefit black woman as well. Isn’t this also a good thing for black woman who are sexually assaulted.

      It’s good I thought because it is directed at men, telling them not to do it. That if you do it, you will be prosecuted at the fullest of the law. Its not speaking to woman about, not dressing a certain way. Its not speaking to woman about risk they can avoid. It is speaking to the men, the perpetrators.

    • Ivory

      Black women have categorically stated that they don’t have the same issues as white women and that black men were uniquely problematic in a way other men weren’t. Therefore it can’t be a one size fits all message.

      Regrettably black women politic the way black people politic and wonder why their needs go unmet. Voted for Obama but rather ask Beyoncé what she has done to be so influential.

      We’ve accomplished so much with Michelle in the White House and having her on various magazine covers yet will rattle off statistics about black women being more likely than white women to be xy and z.

      When is the next time we will have someone in the White House to do our bidding like the gays the white feminist the Zionist and the ILLEGAL immigrants?

    • Brad

      “When is the next time we will have someone in the White House to do our bidding like the gays the white feminist the Zionist and the ILLEGAL immigrants?”

      Well said, very well said I understand what you are saying. This will probably be for many of us our last time to have a black family in the white house and yet we get no personal attention.

    • copelli21

      Come on…there are SOME common issues shared by all women and sexual assault is certainly one of them.

      We may be on different paths when it comes to the perpetrator and how we deal with these situations and the law, but color does not divide us as far as victimization.

      I think bringing men into this discussion of sexual assault is definitely a must. Young men of all colors are the perpetrators of these attacks on women and young girls. And their views on females in general, really leaves alot to be desired. Screw that, the views of a lot of these young men are flat out are disturbing and frightening.

      If a girl isn’t a bitch, then she is a hoe….and neither designation garners any respect. And don’t fool yourselves that music lyrics and videos are not big contributors to these problems.

      So welcome and kudos to any man who chooses to step up and speak out on this issue.

      And I am pretty sure Obama’s greatest motivation are the two lovely daughters he holds so dear to his heart.

    • elsa

      “Black women have categorically stated that they don’t have the same
      issues as white women and that black men were uniquely problematic in a
      way other men weren’t. Therefore it can’t be a one size fits all
      message”
      Could you elaborate on that? I honestly don’t see how this message of prevention would not address certain issues that black girls and women encounter? And does the “uniqueness” of black men exclude them from this message?

    • PGS

      Umm…what’s your point? Black women are victims of sexual assault too (and probably at higher rates), so if this is targeting ALL young people it also helps Black women and girls.

    • Ivory

      Stop screaming about being ignored by those white feminist then. I know it’s hard to admit that they got your black president and his black wife by the balls tighter than you.

      Don’t take it personally. This is the problem with the black community as a whole and we won’t have another chance.

    • Live_in_LDN

      But it isn’t ‘white feminists’ that run this campaign though.

    • vintage3000

      Maybe Beyonce and Rhianna lobbied for Obama’s support in this.

    • Ivory

      And maybe there are aliens on mars.

    • vintage3000

      If they are from Mars, they are not aliens if they stay there.

      At least you are consistent with how jacked all your analogies are.

    • elsa

      I don’t get your argument. Aren’t black women women? This is pretty inclusive.

  • Primmest Plum

    I don’t know why but I feel as though I should be jumping for joy, instead I feel loaded with cynicism. I’ll believe this “1 is 2 many” slogan when I see it.

    • copelli21

      Slogans don’t solve problems, people do.

      Remember “Just say No”?

      That damn sure didn’t work.

    • Primmest Plum

      You’re right, slogans don’t solve problems, people do,
      That’s what I’m cynical of. Although, I’m glad to see a sexual assault PSA directed at men for once, I’m very skeptical if it will be enough to penetrate through all of the violent messages boys and men receive everyday. Thousands of messages influencing you to do something against one “No”.