Obama Targets Sexual Assault Problem

9:11 AM, Jan 22, 2014   |    comments
President Barack Obama gives a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on December 20, 2013. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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David Jackson, USA TODAY

President Obama seeks Wednesday to put a spotlight on the epidemic of sexual assault.

Obama will receive a report from the White House Council on Women and Girls detailing the problem -- especially at colleges -- and saying that nearly 22 million American women and 1.6 million men have been raped in their lifetimes.

From the Associated Press:

"Obama planned to sign a presidential memorandum Wednesday creating a task force to protect students from sexual assault, with a new White House report declaring that no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women.

"The report, 'Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,' says that 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted at college but that only 12 percent of student victims report the assault. ...

"Obama is giving the task force of administration officials 90 days to come up with recommendations for colleges to prevent and respond to sexual assault, increase public awareness of each school's track record and enhance coordination among federal agencies to hold schools accountable if they don't confront the problem.

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