Responses like Beck’s promote victim-blaming and hinder the government’s efforts to make college campuses safer for all students. Ending sexual assault is a message all Americans, no matter what their political beliefs, should embrace — turning sexual violence investigations into an Obama attack is a low blow, even for Beck.
The movement to end sexual assault on college campuses is more powerful than it has ever been. That’s extremely important. After all, a recent government report states that 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted while in college, and that too many higher education institutions fail to enforce federal law when it comes to punishing perpetrators, supporting survivors, and publishing campus crime statistics.
We should be working to end sexual assault everywhere.