**Editor's Note: We love the work Vice President Biden has done on behalf of stopping campus sexual assault. We hope he continues to be a leading voice for our cause. We were also honored to receive this letter of support for our own work on this issue.
1.6.17 | Brittney McNamara
As President Obama leaves office, he and his team are working to secure his legacy. He's enacted numerous changes during his time in the White House, such as providing health insurance to 20 million people, securing rights for transgender students in schools across the country, and, more recently, ensuring Planned Parenthood won't be defunded for political reasons. With President-elect Donald Trump soon to take office, though, a lot of Obama's work is threatened. On Thursday, the White House doubled down on its commitment to the campus sexual assault crisis, providing a list of the work that's been done and laying out a clear plan for the work still ahead. It was basically a rallying cry.
Vice President Joe Biden addressed campus sexual assault on Thursday, providing a list of guidelines and best practices for college presidents on the subject, BuzzFeed reports. In an open letter to college presidents, Biden urged them to do more work to change the culture on their own campuses.
"As leaders of our nation’s colleges and universities, you have a legal and a moral obligation to combat sexual violence on your campuses — and that starts with changing the culture on your campuses," he wrote.
Biden outlined that 22 years ago, when he worked hard to help pass the Violence Against Women Act, one in five women on college campuses was experiencing sexual assault. In those 22 years, that number has not changed. Biden also makes clear that LGBTQ students face an even higher rate of sexual violence.