BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Vice President Joe Biden visited the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Friday to speak to students about preventing sexual assaults.
Biden’s stop is part of a White House “It’s On Us” Week of Action initiative launched nearly two years ago to end sexual assault on college campuses. Boulder is Biden’s third campus this week.
“No means no whether you’re in the classroom, parking lot, or whether you’re already in bed with him and you change your mind, no means no whenever it is uttered!” said Biden.
Biden spoke to hundreds of CU students and said preventing sexual violence requires a shift in attitude.
“I want to do nothing short of, and I’m convinced we can, to change our culture. I mean this sincerely, change our culture, as it relates to sexual violence and rape,” said Biden.
CU’s response to sexual violence has come under scrutiny. CU Boulder was named in a federal investigation into how the university handles its complaints. CU’s own study reveals 28 percent of undergraduate women have experienced some form of sexual misconduct.
“Everyone has a responsibility to speak out because we have to change the culture on campus,” said Biden.
Just last week, CU campus police asked for help identifying three men who raped a woman outside a dorm.
Biden asked the crowd to pledge to support survivors, “And I pledge to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”
Biden pulled one student on stage and called him a hero for intervening to stop an assault last spring.
After his appearance at CU, Biden attended a private event for Sen. Michael Bennet.