Sexual Violence Takes Center Stage at the Grammys

(February 10, 2015) -- The 2015 Grammy Awards interrupted its musical performances and celebrity-spottings to address a top concern: sexual violence. In a video message President Obama spoke about the importance of preventing domestic violence and sexual assault, highlighting the It’s On Us campaign, saying "It's on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn't tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all our young people — men and women — can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.”

Following the President’s message, survivor Brooke Axtell took the stage and spoke about her experience as a survivor of domestic violence. In a powerful message to fellow survivors, Axtell said “Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame, or abuse. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not honor or respect you, I want you to know that you are worthy of love. Please reach out for help. Your voice will save you.”

Ready to take action?

→ Take the "It's On Us" pledge. Join the thousands who have already joined the White House initiative to combat sexual violence on college campuses. This pledge is a commitment to protect both women and men from sexual violence, and to intervene in potentially unsafe situations.

→ Start the conversation. Sign up for materials from RAINN to help organize activities and build a discussion on your campus.

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The PSA can also be viewed on the White House blog. Take the “It’s On Us” pledge at itsonus.org.

About “It’s On Us”

It’s On Us is a White House campaign which aims to engage college students and campus leaders in the prevention of sexual assault. The campaign was launched in conjunction with the Center for American Progress program Generation Progress.

About RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. The hotlines have helped more than two million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.

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