Biden: ‘Guys … you have to step up’ to fight violence against women
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Vice President Biden is teaming up with actress Jessica Szohr for an event raising awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence.


The vice president is speaking at the University of Illinois-Champaign on Thursday to urge students to do their part to prevent sexual assaults on college campuses. He will be joined by Szohr, who stars on USA Network's "Complications."

In addition, USA Network will highlight the White House's campaign against domestic violence during a special marathon of "Law and Order: SVU" on April 26. The episodes focus on campus sexual assault.

The push coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

“Violence against women is not a women’s issue alone. It’s a man’s issue as well," Biden said in a statement. "So to all of the guys out there—you have to step up. That’s how we can change the culture on campus and around the country to one that understands no means no.”

Last fall, President Obama and Biden launched the "It's on Us" campaign, which encourages men to do more to reduce campus sexual assaults.

Under the campaign, more than 200,000 Americans have take a pledge to keep men and women safe from sexual assaults and more than 600 events have taken place to promote awareness, according to the White House.

Funny or Die, the online comedy site, will produce original content that draw attention to the issue of domestic violence. And the Internet radio platform Pandora will air an "It's On Us" public service announcement, the White House announced Thursday.

Nine fraternities and sororities have signed on as partners to the campaign and promised to hold awareness events and create public service announcements.

Celebrities and professional athletes, such as James Bond actor Daniel Craig and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, have appeared in public service announcements focusing on the role men play in cutting down the number of assaults.

The star of "Law and Order: SVU," Mariska Hargitay, taped a series of anti-sexual-assault PSAs with Biden that aired last October.