TIME Sexual Assault

Joe Biden to Colleges: ‘Step Up. It’s Time’

Vice President Biden Speaks On White House Task Force To Protect Students From Sexual Assault
Joe Biden on April 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Win McNamee—Getty Images

Vice President Joe Biden has voiced his opinion about the sexual assault problem on college campuses across the country, telling TIME that the White House wants to pressure university presidents to figure out a better way to handle claims of rape

Joe Biden is the Vice President of the United States

I believe that the vast majority of college presidents are right minded and like stockholders putting pressure on CEOs, the White House wants to put pressure on them to change. You don’t want to be a school that mishandles rape. Guess what? Step up. It’s time. Its absolutely time because the moral disapprobation of society is the most powerful tool for effecting change in the cultural norms that doggedly hang on.

(You can read more opinions in TIME’s special report: Ending Campus Sexual Assault and get the full story in this week’s cover article by Eliza Gray: The Sexual Assault Crisis on American Campuses.)

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