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Obama and Biden Will Not Visit Campuses That Fail to Tackle Sexual Assault

Obama and Biden Will Not Visit Campuses That Fail to Tackle Sexual Assault

According to recent reports, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are no longer visiting colleges and universities that fail to address sexual assault on their campuses.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Jill Biden, and members of Obama’s Cabinet will also join in this new move to clamp down on schools that ignore issues of sexual violence and harassment faced by students.

Biden also said he would like the federal government to "take away their money" if an institution shows absolute negligence in matters of sexual assault.

"Now is the time to put the pedal to the medal," he said in an interview.

In 2014, the pair announced a public awareness campaign for sexual assault called "It's on Us." And more recently, they delivered moving speeches at the United State of Women Summit in Washington, D.C.

While the President noted he is indeed a feminist, Biden took a hard-line stance against rape and rape culture.

"Sex without consent is rape. It is, full-stop, rape," Biden declared to the audience filled with policymakers, academics, business leaders, and activists. "The answer isn't to shame women for drinking. Consent isn't, 'Well I didn't hear 'no.'"

You can revisit our live coverage of the #StateOfWomen summit using #MAKERStateOfWomen.

NEXT: Vice President Biden Says College Men Who Listen to Rape Jokes and Do Nothing are "Accomplices" to Actual Rape »

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