Talk about star power: Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Dulé Hill, Joe Biden and President Barack Obama have all joined forces to reinforce that no means no.
The celebs are participating in the White House's 1 is 2 Many campaign to help push universities to improve their handling of sexual assault cases.
"Prevention and education programs vary widely, with many doing neither well," the White House task force said in a statement. "And in all too many instances survivors of sexual violence are not at the heart of an institution's response: they often do not have a safe, confidential place to turn to after an assault, they haven't been told how the system works and they often believe it is working against them."
"We heard from many who reached out for help or action, but were told they should just put the matter behind them."
An extremely important piece of info in the video comes when Del Toro specifies, "If she doesn't consent, or if she can't consent, it's rape, it's assault."
In most states, if a woman is incapacitated in any way — including being drunk — she is legally incapable of giving consent, a fact many misunderstand.
The stars of the video, which is set to run in select Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters plus on military installations starting in May, released statements on the project via the White House.
"This PSA is about reaching out to people and letting them know that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults," Del Toro said. "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."
"I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project," Craig added. "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."
The task force, launched by Obama in January, is providing a checklist for colleges and universities to use when drafting sexual assault policies.
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