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Biden Visits OSU To Talk About Reducing Sexual Assault

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Vice President Joe Biden used his visit to the Ohio State University campus to push for a change in American culture when it comes to sexual assault.

Biden was promoting the “It’s On Us” campaign which challenges everyone to stand up against rape and domestic violence. He said one way is to stop assigning blame with insulting questions. 

“It’s never appropriate to ask, ‘What were you wearing? Why were you there? What did you say? What made him think?’ They’re all the wrong questions," Biden said. "The question we as a nation have to ask repeatedly is, ‘What made him think he had a right to raise his hand?" 

Ohio State says its students will soon start new sexual violence awareness training. The efforts unveiled Thursday also include online training for all students beginning next week, the hiring of an additional sexual violence prevention coordinator and more advocates to support students.

Ohio State President Michael Drake says in a statement provided to The Associated Press that the university is deeply concerned by sexual misconduct and relationship violence both at Ohio State and universities across the country.

A task force including students, staff and faculty also will brainstorm new ways to prevent and respond to such misconduct and violence.

Stories from the Associated Press.