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  • Announcing the Winners of the Apps Against Abuse Technology Challenge

    Last July, I wrote about a new and innovative effort to help address sexual assault and dating violence. While women of any age can be targets of this kind of abuse, young women aged 16-24, experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault, and 1 in 5 will be a victim of sexual assault during college. Many of these assaults occur when the offender, often an acquaintance, has targeted and isolated a young woman in vulnerable circumstances. Moreover, sixty percent of college students who have been in an abusive relationship say no one helped them.

    Working with the Office of the Vice President and the White House Office of Science and Technology, we launched the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge – calling on software innovators to harness the power of mobile technology to help prevent dating violence and abuse by keeping young adults connected to trusted friends and providing easy access to important resources for help including local police and abuse hotlines.

    Today, we are pleased to announce the winners of the challenge: “Circle of 6” and “On Watch.” Prototypes of the two winning applications were selected from a pool of over 30 entries submitted to Challenge.gov.

    Vice President Biden applauded the winning applications earlier today during a conference call with hundreds of college and university officials to discuss ongoing efforts to help better prevent and respond to sexual assault and violence on campuses across the country. He encouraged the college and university leaders to make students on their campuses aware of the applications when they become available for download in 2012.

  • Champions of Change Honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Ed. Note: Champions of Change is a weekly initiative to highlight Americans who are making an impact in their communities and helping our country rise to meet the many challenges of the 21st century.

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Valerie Jarrett joined me at a Champions of Change event to honor 14 individuals and organizations from across the country who are focused on ending domestic violence in their communities. At the event, the Champions from every walk of life shared their personal stories and discussed lessons they have learned while working to end domestic violence on a local level.

    The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different issue is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists, are recognized for the work they are doing to better their communities.

    Recipients of the White House’s “Champions of Change” honors are:

    • David R. Thomas M.S., Domestic Violence Education Program, Johns Hopkins University
    • William Kellibrew, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
    • New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
    • Lena Alhusseini- Arab-American Family Support Center
    • Johanna Orozco- Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center of Greater Cleveland
    • Nicole DeSario- Teen Advocate
    • Suzanne Dubus, Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
    • Becca Stevens, Magdalene/Thistle Farms
    • Vincent Mazzara- Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    • Meg Schnabel, Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW)
    • Amelia Cobb, The Wright Group (TWG)
    • People’s Place
    • New Beginnings House (Otakahe Teca Tipi)
    • Kabzuag Vaj, Freedom Inc.

     For more information about each of these Champions of Change, please visit WhiteHouse.gov/champions

  • 17 Years After Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Calls on New Generation to Take Action

    Last night, Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden held a reception at the Naval Observatory to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law, as well as call on a new generation to take action to reduce the high rates of violence and assault that continues to threaten young men and women across the country.

    Speaking before a crowd that included many of the men and women who supported the Vice President’s efforts to see the Act become law on September 13, 1994, the Vice President remarked on how it was VAWA that exposed a “flaw that lay as part of the fabric of American society”– the fact that the mere discussion of violence and abuse being committed against women was considered by many to be taboo.

    Beyond shattering this notion, the law redefined the way domestic violence is handled through changes in law enforcement, improvements in the criminal justice system and the establishment of shelters and services for victims.