Stop What You’re Doing & Take 60 Seconds To Watch The White House’s Anti-Rape PSA

Stop What You're Doing And Spend 60 Seconds Watching The White House's Star-Studded Anti-Rape PSA

It only takes a quick glance around the Internet to know that rape culture is alive and well, but at least people in power are doing something to combat it. A new public service announcement from the White House primarily aimed at men is one of the latest strides in the campaign against sexual assault in the United States. In addition to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the PSA features a wide array of male celebrities: Seth MeyersBenicio del ToroDaniel CraigSteve Carell, and Dule Hull.

The men do not simply say, “Rape is bad” or the much more damaging yet ever-popular, “Hey ladies, don’t get so drunk if you don’t want bad things to happen to you.” Instead, the PSA both humanizes survivors as being people we all know in our lives and reminds viewers that rape is occurring in seemingly innocuous places like bars, college campuses, parties and high schools.

One of my favorite moments of this video is when del Toro says this:

“If she does not consent, or if she can’t consent, it’s rape. It’s assault.”

The inability to consent is a desperately important distinction that is still being debated as we speak. With cases like Steubenville and Maryville where young women were assaulted while being completely incapacitated by alcohol, more than a few outlets, celebrities and community members condemned the actions of the victims rather than the assailants.

Even though we all know that it will take more than a simple PSA with a bunch of famous faces and names attached to it to eliminate rape in the United States (and the rest of the world), it still offers survivors and supporters a glimmer of hope for the future to see numerous men discouraging sexual assault. Consent is a basic human right that every human being should never have violated–and the more that message is spread, the better.

Even if you totally skipped this post’s words, take 60 seconds and watch this amazing video:

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    • Lindsey Conklin

      wow. chills.

    • Mouche Bonneau

      Ok the video was awesome, of course. BUT HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Did you misspell Dule Hill’s name on purpose because there’s a running joke on Psych about his character’s name always getting misspelled? Please tell me this was a brilliant fan move on your part, and not just a typo. Because it’s awesome.