Biden’s Solution to Dating Violence: ‘Knock Them on Their A…’

By Melanie Arter | June 22, 2012 | 11:04 AM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

( – Vice President Joe Biden speaking out against dating violence during a White House event on Thursday said that dating violence and sexual assault won’t end until attitudes change and the perpetrator is treated like a “pariah.”

“But the progress we’ve made so far isn’t enough,” Biden said. Young women still face the highest rates of dating violence, and nearly one in five college women will face sexual assault during her college career, he said.

“Guys, these just aren’t statistics. They’re people you know. They’re your sister, the woman you’re in class with that you like, people you grew up with, somebody else’s daughter. Just come with me down to the hotline or walk into a violence shelter for women,” the vice president said.

Biden was joined by Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett and athletes to release a new public service announcement (PSA) that will air on television and the Internet this summer, with the message that dating violence is unacceptable.

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“You know this problem, it’s a problem we have to face head-on,  and the first step of all of it is – and you know it’s this way with every problem, recognize it and speak out, because folks, attitudes can change. They already have begun to change,” Biden said.

“Major corporations in America no longer when you walk in with that black eye essentially require you to say, ‘I ran into a door jam,’ because they don’t want a problem. They all have now help available. The attitudes change. That’s changed in the last 20 years. And so much more can change if we speak up,” he added.

“We can end this violence, but it can’t happen until everyone understands that dating violence and sexual assault will never be tolerated, and the person who engages in it becomes a pariah. It’s that simple, man,” Biden said.

Biden turned his attention to the professional athletes he shared the stage with. “These guys are real men. Somebody walk in a locker room and say, ‘Last night, man, I did the following…’ These guys are gonna either knock them on their a…. They’re either, they are going to say something to them. And that’s a big change. That’s a big change. Look, that’s what this is all about, because one really is too many.”