From: Jordan Fabian [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 10:52 AM
To: Lance, Kirsten E. EOP/OVP
Subject: VP pool report # 2 / Domestic violence remarks
VP Biden began his remarks at 9:34 a.m.
Biden noted his daughter-in-law, Kathleen, was in attendance. Kathleen is married to Biden’s son Hunter. Later in his speech, the VP noted the role his late son Beau played in stamping out domestic abuse as Delaware AG.
“This has sort of become a family affair for the Bidens,” he said.
He touted the role he played in passing the Violence Against Women in early 1990s.
“This is an issue that is extremely close to my heart, it’s something that I have cared more maybe more about than anything else in my political career.”
He noted there has been a 64 percent drop in violence against women between 1993 and 2010.
“This bill, now 21 years old, has saved an awful lot of lives,” he said.
Twenty years ago, he said violence against women was a “secret epidemic” that was considered a “family matter.” He credited survivors of abuse for coming forward, which helped change the culture of silence and pressure policy makers to address the problem.
“It takes enormous courage. It took even more courage then because they were the ones ones most characterized as the problem," he said.
“You’ve done so much in practical ways, and you’ve fought like the devil to continually advance the reach and the scope” of VAWA, he added. “You’ve never stopped extending this.”
Biden described himself as something of a hero to women, saying “there’s not a town I go where a woman doesn’t come up to me on a rope line and say ‘thank you.’”
But he said there is still work to be done to eliminate the scourge of domestic abuse. He noted the rate of sexual assault on college campuses is still the same as it was before the passage of VAWA.
He noted the Obama administration started the "It's On Us" campaign to get men and boys involved in raising awareness about the problem.
“We can’t let up at all … we have to double down.”
Biden weighed in on the debate whether sexual activity should require an affirmative “yes” from participants. He said is inclination he it should be.
“That’s my instinct,” he said. “The cultural norms make it still kind of hard to say ‘yes, I’d like you to kiss me or yes, I’d like you to do that.’ So It’s still tricky.”
Toward the end of his remarks, Biden joked that he once again went off script.
"My staff has great talking points for me that I seldom use, unfortunately.” he said.
He concluded his remarks at 10:10 a.m., giving his daughter in law a hug and a kiss before walking out of the room.
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