This is an excerpt from an article I found on whitehouse.gov, which highlights a very important mission of President Barack Obama, to help end dating violence through awareness. We should all think about and get involved in this issue, whether it be through conversations about the issue, getting involved in our schools, or getting creative and finding our own ways to stand up!
Advocates and Athletes Join the Vice President for the Launch of the 1 is 2 Many PSA
Posted by Grace O’Malley, Emily Rock on August 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM EDT
As we wrap up our summer of interning in the Office of the Vice President, one highlight of our experience that really stands out was helping with the launch of the Vice President’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) that speaks out against dating violence.
In the PSA, President Obama, Vice President Biden, David Beckham, Jeremy Lin, Evan Longoria, Eli Manning, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Torre, and Andy Katz ask all men to step up, speak out, and help end the violence. The PSA is part of the 1 is 2 Many campaign the Vice President started last year, which seeks to raise awareness and end violence against women.
Advocates and athletes came to the White House to join the Vice President for the launch event on June 21. Many young people in the audience that day enthusiastically welcomed the PSA’s message. “I am so glad that there is a 1 is 2 Many campaign because I learned at the event that despite the decrease of domestic violence, teenage domestic violence is on the rise,” said Amber, 16, an advocate from Girls, Inc. who attended the announcement. We were so inspired by all of the young advocates joining with the 1 is 2 Many campaign that we decided the Vice President’s Office should hear their feedback on this important issue.
The PSA takes a step toward reshaping cultural views about what it means to be a man. Amanda observed that “There is so much violence in the media giving the message to boys that they have to be violent to show they are manly and with these men who are truly successful in life in what boys see as a manly profession it can help give a more positive message and prevent as much violence as possible. And Phillip from the Red Flag campaign said that “Standing up against dating violence doesn’t make you less masculine, it actually makes you more masculine to stand up to it, and if we all do, we could possibly eradicate it.”
Grace O’Malley and Emily Rock served as 2012 summer interns in the Office of the Vice President.
What are your thoughts on the public service announcement, which I probably a lot of my readers have seen, and what are you doing/would you like to do towards this cause?