Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, young women continue to face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault in this country. In the last year, one in 10 teens has reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. And these are the numbers of reported assaults. The actual number of assaults and dating violence are believed to be significantly higher.
In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden launched the 1is2many campaign last year. This campaign focuses his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24. By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence, and educating the public on the realities of abuse, this Administration is leading the way to stop violence against women before it begins.
Here’s the latest in the campaign.
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