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Weekly Wrap Up: Ending Sexual Assault, Inspiring the Youth, and More
May 02, 2014
06:30 PM EDT
This week, the President returned from his trip to Asia; we launched a new website to help end sexual assault violence; the First Lady encouraged students to reach higher by completing their education; Team USA took part in the Let's Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
One in five college-aged women is sexually assaulted in college – most often by someone she knows. Earlier this week, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first-ever report, which included that unnacceptable statistic, and announced a series of actions to help address the problem and make sure victims know they are not alone. Vice President Biden, who championed the Violence Against Women Act in Congress back in 1990, spoke about the issue this week and revealed a new public service announcement about the issue:
In addition to the powerful video, we launched NotAlone.gov to make enforcement data and other sexual assault resources accessible to students and schools.
Today, on College Signing Day, the First Lady announced her Reach Higher initiative to encourage students around the country to complete their education beyond high school.
— Reach Higher (@ReachHigher) May 2, 2014
Down in San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Obama rocked her own college t-shirt and spoke to students about the importance of graduating from high school and continuing their education.
Last month, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams visited the White House, and participated in an entirely new Olympic event while they were here.
For the first-ever Let's Move! Olympics, Team USA members walked up the South Lawn of the White House to mark the Opening Ceremony, and spoke to us about the importance of eating their veggies. Watch the video -- there might be a special appearance by the First Dogs.
Nearly every Republican senator said "no" to raising the minimum wage this week, and that's not cool. Why? Because raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would raise the wages of more than 28 million workers, and help millions of Americans work their way out of poverty.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 30, 2014
It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means -- or you might not, that's totally fine too -- it's time for last month's jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 2, 2014
For a more detailed look at the 50th consecutive month of businesses adding jobs, read on.
As always, to see even more of this week's events, watch the latest episode of West Wing Week below: