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Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, before the president signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes during an event for the Council on Women and Girls. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, before the president signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes during an event for the Council on Women and Girls. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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