Vice President Biden Says When it Comes to Dating Violence, “1 is 2 Many”


Written by Emily Crockett

Vice President Joe Biden is leading a campaign called “1 is 2 Many” to combat dating violence against young women, which kicks off with a PSA featuring sports stars and targeted at young men.

“There’s never, never, never an excuse for a man to raise his hand to a woman other than in self defense,” Biden said at a press conference last month.

The PSA, which features Biden and President Barack Obama with sports stars such as Jeremy Lin, David Beckham, Eli Manning, Evan Longoria, and Jimmy Rollins, begins with the simple message: “Hey guys, listen up. No one should ever hit a woman. No woman should ever have to fear violence.”

“It’s a game-changer when [these role models’] voices are suddenly in the room,” said White House Advisor on Violence Against Woman Lynn Rosenthal.

The PSA has aired over the summer on the ESPN Networks, the Fox Sports Networks, MLB Network, and the NFL Network, in an effort to reach large numbers of young men.

Women between the ages of 16-24 face the highest rate of dating violence. Eighty percent of sexual assaults happen to women under 25, and 1 in 5 women report being sexually assaulted in college.

Biden, along with Rosenthal and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, said that in order to stop violence against women, the culture must change.

“We can end this violence,” Biden said. “But it can’t happen until everyone understands that dating violence and sexual assault will never be tolerated, and the person who engages in it becomes a pariah.”

Biden also urged young men to speak out if they see someone abusing or talking about abusing women, even if it means taking a personal risk—they should have as much courage as the women who finally decide to pick up the phone and ask for help.

The culture of dating violence has certainly changed in the 18 years since Biden introduced the Violence Against Women Act; rates of domestic violence against women have fallen by 60 percent since its passage. The Vice President said he received a number of negative responses at the time VAWA was first proposed, and some fellow legislators went as far as to suggest the government not intervene in what they called a “private matter” which was not appropriate to discuss in public.

Nowadays, such language concerning women’s health would be unthinkable, although modern conservatives hid behind anti-gay and anti-immigrant sentiments to oppose the bill’s renewal this year.

Still, much needs to change, including how public officials reach young people.

“We’re trying to go where the young people are,” said Cynthia Hogan, Counsel to the Vice President, noting that since young people make fewer phone calls these days, the “1 is 2 Many” campaign includes text, email and Twitter access to hotlines and dating violence resources.

The “1 is 2 Many” PSA will run through the summer, and the campaign uses the Twitter hashtag #1is2many.

This post was originally published by Campus Progress.


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Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation. Children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anyone else. If children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help others not to tease or bully them.
It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught on LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier. Children should be taught the JOYS and the CONSEQUENCES of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principles where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these values, I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Kandice B.
Kandice B5 years ago

It's about damn time the politicians take a stand on dating violence and enact something to protect woman! God knows there are too many men just getting a slap on the hand and getting bailed out just to go and do it all over again!

Fred H.
Fred H5 years ago

Well, Rosemary, my information is based on the actual scientific studies. You should try looking into them sometime, instead of naively swallowing propaganda from politicians who pander to your prejudices for your vote and from incompetent advocates who pocket your taxes.

Arild Warud

Way to go Biden.

Mandy Harker
Mandy H5 years ago

Awesome! I'm especially glad to hear helplines can be accessed though other means, I have a phobia of phone calls(yes it's a real mental illness) and I'm always stonewalled by people in Australia saying they can't give advice over email. It's annoying it's like WTF cause I can't call I have to suffer?
Good, keep up the good work! You US people should keep this guy in power, a politician doing right by the people without screwing them over is very uncommon!

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G5 years ago

They have more cojones than we do here, but then of course they are not glued to mind numbing TV sets watching stupid so-called reality shows about dysfunctional idiots.

Rosemary G.
Rosemary G5 years ago

Hello Fred, I wonder on which planet you live and where you got this wrong information or what drugs are you on?

Fred H.
Fred H5 years ago

It's too bad we don't consider "1 as 2 many" when it comes to females assaulting males. Especially since I've seen several studies of dating violence and they all found a higher rate of violence by girls than by boys. People who really care about reducing violence accept this. People who really have a sexist political agenda do not.

Marianne B.
Marianne B5 years ago

I was so afraid that my son would follow in his father's footsteps when he married. Turned out he is a great husband and father to his 3 sons. I hope they follow in his footsteps Usually children do what that see in their homes growing up, and believe it is acceptable.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

@Donna You were one of the wise ones. So many stay.