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Vice President Joe Biden Pens Open Letter to Support Stanford Rape Victim

Vice President Joe Biden Pens Open Letter to Support Stanford Rape Victim

By Maggie Mallon

By now, you've probably read the powerful letter written by the Stanford rape victim detailing the severe mental and physical trauma the attack has had on her life (if not, read it in full here). On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden published his own letter honoring the young woman for her bravery.

"I do not know your name—but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages," he wrote.

Biden has been a longtime advocate for survivors of sexual assault. He penned the 1994 Violence Against Women Act and championed the It's On Us campaign, the Obama administration's public initiative to end sexual assault on college campuses. In the letter, the vice president said he was "filled with furious anger—both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth."

"You will never be defined by what the defendant’s father callously termed '20 minutes of action,'" he wrote to the victim. "His son will be."

"I do not know your name—but I will never forget you," he continued. "And if everyone who shared your letter on social media, or who had a private conversation in their own homes with their daughters and sons, draws upon the passion, the outrage, and the commitment they feel right now the next time there is a choice between intervening and walking away—then I believe you will have helped to change the world for the better."

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