Thursday, June 21, 2012
Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Barack Obama and Joe Biden to 'End Violence'

Jeremy Lin Teams Up With Barack Obama and Joe Biden to 'End Violence'

Jeremy Lin has teamed up with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other athletes to put an end to domestic violence.

Lin, 23-year-old New York Knicks point guard, is featured in a public service announcement along with Obama, Biden and other sports figures called "1 is 2 Many." Lin, Obama and Biden join MLB shortstop Jimmy Rollins, MLB third baseman Evan Longoria, professional footballer David Beckham, nine-time MLB All-star Joe Torre, NFL quarterback Eli Manning and sports journalist Andy Katz to put an end to men hitting women.

The video coincides with Biden's aim to end violence which was first introduced by the 1990 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in the United States Congress. The White House released a statement about Biden's aim to team up with the high-profile sports figures to raise awareness.

"In response to these alarming statistics, Vice President Biden is focusing his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women specifically on teens and young women ages 16-24," a statement from the White House read. "By targeting the importance of changing attitudes that lead to violence and educating the public on the realities of abuse, the Vice President is leading the way in an effort to stop violence against women before it begins."

On The White House website, statistics are posted about the violence that women suffer at the hands of men.

"One in 5 young women will be a victim of sexual assault while they are in college. 1 in 9 teen girls will be forced to have sex," the statistic on the site state. "1 in 10 teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are dating. 1 is 2 many."

While all of the sports figures featured in the PSA tell their audience to "listen up," Lin tells people that it is not okay to hit women.

"Not their wife, not their girlfriend, not their date," Lin says during the course of the PSA. "End violence."

While footage of each athlete is edited to overlap one another's statements, Biden makes sure to tell Americans that they need to take responsibility in ending violence.

"The worst abusive power is when a man raises his hand to hurt a woman," the vice president said. "We all have to take responsibility."


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