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The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over three thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. Project Unbreakable has been featured in media outlets such as Glamour, TIME, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian

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It’s vital that people see the human side of the abuse and assault.




Published on May 6, 2014

The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over three thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. If you are struggling, RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN also has an online hotline:



Note: We are not qualified to give certified advice on this subject. If you are struggling, RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: 

1.800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN also has an online hotline:



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The White House Initiative To End Sexual Assault On Campus


By Jueseppi B.



The White House’s initiative to end sexual assault on campus


A new PSA and website released this week are part of the White House effort to end sexual violence on college campuses.




“Colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape or sexual assault does not occur on campus.”

Those words came from Vice President Biden at an event announcing findings by the White House’s Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. This first-of-its-kind task force launched in late January and is aimed at preventing and responding to incidents of sexual assault on college campuses.

The administration also released a new video, urging an end to sexual assault on college campuses. The Vice President was joined in the video by President Obama, Daniel Craig, Seth Myers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carrell, and Dulé Hill. Check it out below:


1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second


Published on Apr 29, 2014

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell on putting an end to sexual assault.




The task force, headed up by the Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, is working to provide long-term education and tools for colleges across the country to respond and prevent incidents of sexual assault. In their findings, the task force listed a series of actions that the White House can take to move that goal forward by helping colleges and universities to effectively to survivors of assault, and improving the government’s federal enforcement efforts. 


FACT: 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college. RT if you agree that’s unacceptable →


The task force announced the launch of a new website,, which includes resources for students and universities so that everyone knows their rights and the policies regarding sexual assault on campuses.

Check out to learn more about how the White House is working to prevent sexual assault and how you can help.



And if you or someone you know has had an experience with sexual violence, know you’re never alone. If you need help now, don’t hesitate: Check out the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network‘s resources, including a 24/7 crisis support hotline for victims of sexual assault, their friends, and families:





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Barack After Dark™: The Video Edition.


By Jueseppi B.

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Letters to the President: Covered in Pennsylvania

Published on May 1, 2014

While in Pittsburgh, the President met with several families who wrote letters about how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting their lives.




5/1/14: White House Press Briefing


Published on May 1, 2014

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.




Vice President Biden Speaks on Preventing Campus Sexual Assault


Published on Apr 30, 2014

Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event releasing the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. April 29, 2014.




First Lady and Dr. Biden at launch of Philanthropy — Joining Forces Impact Pledge




President Obama Honors the 2014 Teacher of the Year and Finalists


Published on May 1, 2014

President Obama honors the 2014 National and State Teacher of the Year and finalists, thanking them for their hard work and dedication each and every day in the classroom. May 1, 2014.





President Obama Speaks on Raising the Minimum Wage


Published on Apr 30, 2014

President Obama says that because Republicans in Congress said “no” to even allowing a vote in the Senate on raising the minimum wage, millions of hardworking Americans are going to have to wait for the raise they deserve. April 30, 2014.




Team USA Enters the Let’s Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony


The Sochi 2014 Olympics may be over, but the Let’s Move! Olympics are just getting started. And to mark National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, we invited some of our nation’s greatest athletes to participate.




Pentagon Chief Boosts Fight Against Sex Assaults


Published on May 1, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults. (May 1)




Abducted Nigerian girls still missing


Published on Apr 16, 2014

Security forces in Borno State in Nigeria are searching for 100 teenage girls abducted by suspected members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

The abductions come a day after 71 people were killed in two explosions at a bus station in the capital Abuja.




Bamboo Orchestra or, West Wing Peek


Published on May 1, 2014

When the President arrived in Manila on Monday, the American delegation was received in epic fashion at Malacañang Palace, where a bamboo orchestra was playing the theme to Beverly Hills Cop.





1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second



Published on Apr 29, 2014

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell on putting an end to sexual assault.




White House Photo Of The Day, May 1st, 2014


President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Cody Keenan, right, Director of Speechwriting, and Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office, April 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)





The President’s Trip To Asia: Photos By Mr. Peter Souza


President Obama’s fifth trip to Asia during his time in office will underscore a continued focus on the Asia-Pacific region and commitment to his vision of rebalancing to the world’s largest emerging region. The President’s visit to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines will focus on our major priorities in the region: modernizing our alliances; supporting democratic development; advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and commercial ties; investing in regional institutions; and deepening cultural and people-to-people ties.




The First Lady Visits China Photos By Ms. Amanda Lucidon


The First Lady traveled to China from March 19-26, 2014. She visited Beijing from March 20-23, Xi’an on March 24, and Chengdu from March 25-26.




The President’s Trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia. Photos By Mr. Peter Souza


Published on Apr 30, 2014

Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, the Holy See, and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were where Mr. Souza captured these historical images. Come along on a journey of magnificent memories.




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1 Is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement On Sexual Assault.


By Jueseppi B.


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1 is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement on Sexual Assault


Today, Vice President Biden launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging men to speak up and step in if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted.  The PSA is being launched in coordination with the 1 is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.  Because while anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, some are more at risk than others:  1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and young women, ages 16 to 24, experience the highest rates of sexual violence at the hands of someone they know.

The PSA, produced by the White House, features several film and television actors, President Obama, and Vice President Biden.  It encourages men to be part of the solution by delivering a simple message:  “If she doesn’t consent – or can’t consent — it’s a crime . . . and if you see sexual assault happening, help her — don’t blame her —and speak up.”

The PSA will air in select Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters, over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), and in movie theaters on military installations and ships underway worldwide starting in May.  Joining the President and the Vice President in the PSA are Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and Dulé Hill.

Watch the 60-second PSA.

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Watch the 30-second PSA. 

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Biden announces guidelines to prevent college sex assault


Published on Apr 29, 2014

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault stated, in a report released Tuesday entitled “Not Alone,” that they aim to fight, prevent and bring more transparency to campus sexual assault crimes, which are currently underreported in the United States due to victims “left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame.”





Click here for more information about the Administration’s efforts to combat sexual assault. 

Quotes from participating actors:

Benicio Del Toro

“This PSA is about reaching out to people and letting them know that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults. Those who commit sexual assaults will be condemned, whoever they are. The PSA also encourages any witness to such acts to speak up, do the right thing, and be a hero.  It is about protecting and respecting our loved ones–our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends.”

Dulé Hill 

“One sexual assault is one too many. My desire for this PSA is that it will heighten awareness and in turn be a catalyst for more prevention.”

Daniel Craig

“I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project. The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses.  Please watch it and pass it on.”

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FACT SHEET: Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

Biden said "No means No" on sexual relations,"requires a verbal consent, everything else is rape or assault.”

Biden said “No means No” on sexual relations,”requires a verbal consent, everything else is rape or assault.”

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1)  identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts.  We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault.  The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.


Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys

As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem.  A campus climate survey, however, can.  So, today:

  • We are providing schools with a toolkit for developing and conducting a climate survey.  This survey has evidence-based sample questions that schools can use to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on campus, test students’ attitudes and awareness about the issue, and craft solutions.  We call on schools to voluntarily conduct the climate survey next year and, based on what we learn, we will further refine the survey methodology.  This process will culminate in a survey for all schools to use.


  • We will explore legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct an evidence-based survey in 2016.  A mandate for schools to periodically conduct a climate survey will change the national dynamic: with a better picture of what’s really happening on campus, schools will be able to more effectively tackle the problem and measure the success of their efforts. 

Preventing Sexual Assault – and Bringing in the Bystander

The college years are formative for many students.  If we implement effective prevention programs, today’s students will leave college knowing that sexual assault is simply unacceptable.  And that, in itself, can create a sea change.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for reducing sexual violence, and is releasing an advance summary of its findings.  This review summarizes some of the best available research in the area, and highlights evidence-based prevention strategies that work, some that are promising, and those that don’t work.  The report points to steps colleges can take now to prevent sexual assault on their campuses.


  • The CDC and the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women will pilot and evaluate prevention strategies on college campuses.  This work will build on the CDC’s systematic review, and will identify and fill gaps in the research on sexual violence prevention.


  • Getting Bystanders to Step In and Help Is a Promising Practice.  Bystander intervention programs work to change social norms, and teach everyone to speak out and intervene if someone is at risk of being assaulted.  These programs are among those the CDC found most promising.

Helping Schools Respond Effectively When A Student is Sexually Assaulted: Confidentiality, Training, Better Investigations, and Community Partnerships

By law, schools that receive federal funds are obliged to protect students from sexual assault.  It is the Task Force’s mission to help schools meet not only the letter, but the spirit, of that obligation.  And that can mean a number of things – from giving a victim a confidential place to turn for advice and support, to providing specialized training for school officials, to effectively investigating and finding out what happened, to sanctioning the perpetrator, to doing everything we can to help a survivor recover.

  • Many survivors need someone to talk to in confidence.  While many survivors of sexual assault are ready to press forward with a formal complaint right away, others aren’t so sure.  For some, having a confidential place to go can mean the difference between getting help and staying silent.  Today, the Department of Education is releasing new guidance clarifying that on-campus counselors and advocates can talk to a survivor in confidence.  This support can help victims come forward, get help, and make a formal report if they choose to.


  • We are providing a sample confidentiality and reporting policy.  Even victims who make a formal report may still request that the information be held in confidence, and that the school not investigate or take action against the perpetrator.   Schools, however, also have an obligation to keep the larger community safe.  To help them strike this balance, we are providing schools with a sample reporting and confidentiality policy, which recommends factors a school should consider in making this decision.


  • We are providing specialized training for school officials.  School officials and first responders need to understand how sexual assault occurs, the tactics used by perpetrators, and the common reactions of victims.   The Justice Department will help by developing new training programs for campus officials involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual assault cases and by launching a technical assistance project for campus officials. The Department of Education will develop training materials for campus health center staff to improve services to victims.


  • We will give schools guidance on how to improve their investigative and adjudicative protocols.  We need to know more about what investigative and adjudicative systems work best on campus.  The Justice Department will undertake this work, and will begin evaluating different models this year with the goal of identifying the most promising practices.  The Department of Education’s new guidance also urges some important improvements to the disciplinary process.


  • We are helping schools forge partnerships with community resources.  Community partnerships are critical to getting survivors the help they need:  while some schools can provide comprehensive services on campus, others may need to partner with community-based organizations.  Rape crisis centers in particular can help schools better serve their students.  We are releasing a sample agreement between schools and rape crisis centers, so survivors have a full network of services in place.

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Improving and Making More Transparent Federal Enforcement Efforts

To better address sexual assault at our nation’s schools, the federal government needs to both strengthen our enforcement efforts and increase coordination among responsible agencies.  Importantly, we also need to improve communication with survivors, parents, school administrators, faculty, and the public, by making our efforts more transparent.

  • On Tuesday, we are launching a dedicated website – – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools.  On the website, students can learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint.  The website will also help schools and advocates:  it will make available federal guidance on legal obligations, best available evidence and research, and relevant legislation.  Finally, the website will have trustworthy resources from outside the federal government, such as hotline numbers and mental health services locatable by simply typing in a zip code.


  • The Department of Education is providing more clarity on schools’ legal obligations.  The Department of Education is releasing answers to frequently asked questions about schools’ legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault.  Among many other topics, the new guidance makes clear that federal law protects all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, immigration status, or whether they have a disability.  It also makes clear questions about a survivor’s sexual history with anyone other than the alleged perpetrator shouldn’t be permitted during a judicial hearing, and also that a previous sexual relationship doesn’t imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence.  And that schools should take steps to protect and assist a survivor pending an investigation.


  • The Departments of Justice and Education have entered into an agreement clarifying each agency’s role.  Both agencies have a critical role to play in enforcing the laws that require schools to prevent and respond to sexual assault on their campuses.  The agencies have entered into a formal agreement to increase coordination and strengthen enforcement.

Next Steps

The action steps highlighted in this report are the initial phase of an ongoing plan and commitment to putting an end to this violence on campuses.  We will continue to work toward solutions, clarity, and better coordination. We will review the legal frameworks surrounding sexual assault for possible regulatory or statutory improvements, and seek new resources to enhance enforcement.  Campus law enforcement agencies have special expertise- and they, too, should be tapped to play a more central role.  And we will also consider how our recommendations apply to public elementary and secondary schools – and what more we can do to help there.

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The White House Blog™: Ending Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault In The United States. We the Geeks: Women Role Models.


By Jueseppi B.




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March 20, 2014
01:13 PM EDT


This week, I was honored to join a first-of-its-kind meeting at the White House: a roundtable of business leaders and advocates called upon to discuss building public-private partnerships aimed at helping end domestic violence and sexual assault in the United States. The meeting served as an opportunity to share strategies and concrete steps companies can take to address violence in their workplaces and communities.


During the gathering, we heard from several companies that are working to improve the status quo, including Avon, Macy’s, Allstate, Viacom, and Kaiser Permanente.


The need for action could not be more urgent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in five women is the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime. In fact, 60% of Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.


Not only does domestic violence affect victims and families; it can also harm entire communities and the nation. More than 8 million paid days of work are lost every year because of domestic violence, and even by conservative estimates, domestic violence costs our economy more than $8 billion a year in lost productivity, health, and mental health costs alone.


Since day one, the Obama administration has worked hard to combat violence against women. Vice President Biden has championed many of the administration’s efforts, including helping create new campaigns to reach teens and young adults, and working to build new initiatives to reduce domestic violence homicides. And to lead by example, President Obama has directed federal agencies to develop policies to address domestic violence and sexual assault in the federal workforce. Recently, President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.


The White House’s commitment coincides with NO MORE’s goal of bringing together corporations to increase support for domestic violence and sexual assault programs. A collaboration of corporations and nonprofit organizations, NO MORE seeks to normalize the conversation around these issues and end the stigma, shame, and silence of domestic violence and sexual assault. Bringing the NO MORE campaign to White House for this important conversation was a reminder that working together can help end violence against women.


The spirit of yesterday’s gathering can be summed up by something President Obama once said about domestic violence:


We need to make sure every victim of domestic violence knows that they are not alone; that there are resources available to them in their moment of greatest need. And as a society, we need to ensure that if a victim of abuse reaches out for help, we are there to lend a hand. This is not just the job of government. It’s a job for all of us.


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We the Geeks: Women Role Models




We the Geeks: Women Role Models


Streamed live on Mar 20, 2014

Tune in tomorrow at 1pm ET for a #WeTheGeeks Hangout on Women Role Models, where women leaders in #STEM will share their stories and advice to inspire the next generation of young women leaders → #WomenSucceed



Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the Council on Women and Girls blog. See the original post here.


In order for the United States to continue to lead the world in innovation and reap the health, security, and economic benefits offered by cutting-edge discoveries in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), we must engage the nation’s full talent pool in these growing fields, including America’s girls and women.


On Thursday, March 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the White House will host another episode of “We the Geeks,” this time focused on “Women Role Models.” Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from women and girl STEM leaders as they share their stories and advice to inspire the next generation of young women to discover their inner geeks and become the inventors and leaders of tomorrow.



Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout Thursday at 1 p.m. ET by visiting


In celebration of Women’s History Month, and in addition to this We the Geeks, we at the White House have targeted a series of activities aimed at increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM. Research shows that outstanding women mentors and role models can break down stereotypes and help girls believe — by seeing — that they too can succeed in STEM education and careers. So we have a number of exciting activities lined up, throughout March, to showcase exceptional STEM women who can serve as role models to young people, especially girls, and inspire them to excel in STEM education and careers.


As an early kick-off, last Tuesday, OSTP’s Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs Patricia Falcone participated in an event around the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, hosted by the U.S. National Council-UN Women. At this event in New York City, Dr. Falcone joined an exceptional group of women to amplify a call to action for external organizations and companies to join the administration’s efforts in this domain, in particular through the work of the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) and the White House Working Families Summit planned for later in 2014. And next week, on Monday, March 24, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council will host a Twitter Q&A to answer questions focused on helping women in STEM fields move from the lab to launch their own companies, including advice from women who have successfully made this transition.


In addition, throughout March, the CWG has published a series of blog posts highlighting progress to meet the CWG’s charge to ensure that the needs of women and girls are taken into account across federal agencies in the policies they draft, the programs they create, and the legislation they support, while underscoring that more work needs to be done. Each day this week, you can read about the incredible work being done through blog posts by NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Departments of Energy and Transportation, among others, here.


Outside of Women’s History Month activities, the Obama administration continues to take steps to ensure that America’s innovators, scientists, and engineers tap into our nation’s full talent pool of stellar STEM women, including bypromoting educational programs and environments that encourage the participation of women and girls in STEM fields; increasing opportunities for STEM mentorship to support young women throughout their STEM careers; and raising the profile of accomplished women and girls in STEM through digital platforms at the White House, and across agencies (check out Women@NASA and Women@Energy).


Check back right here throughout the remainder of March for more information about ways we are working to inspire the next generation of women and girl STEM innovators, and share your own stories about being amazing women and girls in STEM online using #STEMwomen.







White House Climate Data Initiative Launch




Published on Mar 20, 2014

The White House, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration highlight the Administration’s commitment to empowering America’s communities with the information they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change, including new announcements on using data-driven technologies and open government data to strengthen our Nation’s ability to prepare for the effects of climate change today and in the future. March 19, 2014.






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