President Obama called on the nation Saturday to teach young people how to prevent sexual assault.
In his weekly address, Mr. Obama said he has created a White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault because an estimated one in five women are a victim at college.
“We’re going to help schools do a better job of preventing and responding to sexual assault on their campuses,” Mr. Obama said. “Because college should be a place where our young people feel secure and confident, so they can go as far as their talents will take them.”
The president said adults need to teach young men and women how to “be brave” and stand up to such crimes.
“Some of this is a job for government,” the president said. “But really, it’s up to all of us. We’ve especially got to teach young men to show women the respect they deserve. I want every young man in America to know that real men don’t hurt women.”
The administration has been pushing Pentagon brass to do more to prevent sexual assault in the military, and Mr. Obama vowed to continue that effort.
“We’re going to keep combating sexual assault in our armed forces, because when a member of our military is attacked by the very people he or she trusts and serves with, that’s an injustice that no one who volunteers to protect our nation should ever endure,” he said.