"I am in awe of your courage for speaking out — for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity.
And I am filled with furious anger — both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.
It must have been wrenching — to relive what he did to you all over again. But you did it anyway, in the hope that your strength might prevent this crime from happening to someone else. Your bravery is breathtaking.
You are a warrior — with a solid steel spine."
We completely agree. Speaking up and sharing her shocking story was incredibly inspiring and brave.
But President Barack Obama's second-in-command also explained that "a lot of people failed [her]" on the night she was attacked, adding:
"Anyone at that party who saw that you were incapacitated yet looked the other way and did not offer assistance. Anyone who dismissed what happened to you as "just another crazy night." Anyone who asked "what did you expect would happen when you drank that much?" or thought you must have brought it on yourself.
You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted — year after year after year. A culture that promotes passivity. That encourages young men and women on campuses to simply turn a blind eye.
The statistics on college sexual assault haven't gone down in the past two decades. It's obscene, and it's a failure that lies at all our feet.
And you were failed by anyone who dared to question this one clear and simple truth: Sex without consent is rape. Period. It is a crime."
The Pennsylvania native went on to praise the Swedish bikers who tackled Brock when they realized he was raping the unconscious woman.
One of the school's advocacy group's, Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention, has launched a petition that demands the university increase resources to prevent sexual assault, make more assault education requirements, add counseling services, and more.
The document also insists that Stanford apologize to the survivor and offer her accommodations like counseling.
The petition has already amassed over 84,000 signatures, and you can add yours here. And, you can read Joe's full letter here.
After the golden politician had trouble getting A-list talent to sing at his Friday inauguration, it was looking like the only performance of the ceremony would be Trump pretending to seem presidential.
Now descending to the depths of obscure R&B singers and oh-yeah-I-forgot-about-them rock bands, Trump has seemingly found loyal musicians who are very excited to perform... not for him, of course -- but for the country!
Leaving rehearsal at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night, frontman Brad Arnold kept a sunny disposition on the performance, telling TMZ that playing the gig was "all about America." The Kryptonite singer explained:
[Image via Isabel Schiffler/Future Image/Dennis Van Tine/WENN.]