I am a sports junkie. I adore (and write often about) celebrities who pay it forward. I am all about eliminating violence against women. So this, to me, is the epitome of finding the marbles.
Last year, Vice President Joe Biden created the 1 is 2 Many initiative, which aims to reduce violence against women. The initiative focuses primarily on those ages 16-24, the age group which experiences the highest rates of domestic violence and relationship violence.
Here’s the thing about violence against women. As much as we can talk to women getting out of a situation or avoiding the situation all together, violence against women must be stopped by the abuser, not by the abused.
Abusive men routinely overestimate how accepted this violence against women is by other men. This initiative by Vice President Joe Biden finally recognizes that, “Solving the problem of violence against women will require us to reshape cultural views about what it means to “be a man” and who has the responsibility to help stop abuse.”
The White House has produced a minute long public service announcement condemning violence against women to serve as a reminder to men that domestic violence and relationship violence are completely unacceptable. It features President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden as well as former New York Yankees coach Joe Torre, ESPN correspondent Andy Katz and athletes such as: David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Eli Manning, Evan Longoria and Jimmy Rollins. Some, such as Joe Torre, speak from experience, having witnessed domestic violence in his own home while growing up.
The Public Service Announcement will air throughout the summer on major sports broadcasting networks.
Kudos to Vice President Joe Biden, the White House and all of the participants in the PSA. Here’s hoping that abusers get the message loud and clear. Fore more information, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many.