Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against rape culture and sexual assault on Wednesday, specifically addressing male college students. Speaking at George Mason University, he spoke to the crowd on consent and called on the students to fight sexual assault and end victim blaming.
Biden gave the speech as part of a continuation of the “It’s on Us” initiative that he and President Barack Obama started from the White House in 2014.
“Change the culture. You can do it,” he told the crowd.
“Guys. A woman who’s dead drunk cannot consent,” he said. “You are raping her. You are raping her if she cannot say ‘it’s okay.’”
He continued: “I really mean this,” he added. “We’ve got to talk about this. Consent requires affirmative consent. And if you’re too drunk to be able to consent, it is not consent.”
Biden didn’t pull his punches or shy away from addressing the current president’s history of sexually assaulting women. He said there is no “locker room” where “that kind of language” is acceptable. He also alluded to Bill O’Reilly, saying, “You know you’re making progress when you have the most popular talking head on television losing his job because of harassment.”
According the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women are sexually assaulted in college, but more than 90% end up not reporting the crime.