Emma Watson Wants Universities to Stand Up Against Campus Sexual Assault

Actress and United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a powerful speech about gender equality at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Representing the UN Women campaign HeForShe — which Watson helped launch — the actress addressed several topics, including leadership opportunities for women on college campuses and campus sexual assault.

The latter issue has been in the news more than ever, with the Brock Turner scandal sweeping the nation, and other similar cases coming to light. The "Beauty and the Beast" star tackled the issue head-on during her speech.

"A university should be a place of refuge that takes action against all forms of violence," Watson said. "That's why, we believe, that students should leave university believing in, striving for, and expecting societies of true equality in every sense and that universities have the power to be a vital catalyst for change."

And that change starts with making campuses safer for female and minority students. "The university experience must make it clear that the safety of women, minorities and anyone who may be vulnerable, is a right and not a privilege," she continued. "A right that will be respected by a community that supports and respects survivors, and recognizes that when one person's safety is violated, the safety of everyone should feel violated."

Thinking of your peers as family is a great way for students to feel responsible for one other's safety. Bravo, Miss Watson, for saying what needed to be said. Watch a snippet of Watson's speech below.

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