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Joe Biden Taps 'Orange Is The New Black' Actor For Sexual Assault Campaign

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 5/04/2016 Jennifer Bendery
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WASHINGTON -- Actor Matt McGorry will join Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at a University of Pittsburgh event to promote It's On Us, the administration's public awareness campaign on campus sexual assault.

"I am honored to be speaking with Vice President Biden tomorrow on what is a critical issue that affects an inexcusable number of women, especially on college campuses," McGorry, who stars in Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" and ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder," said in a statement.

"For too long, many men have taken a passive position when it comes to preventing and dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault," McGorry said . "Sexual assault is not just a woman's issue. It's on all of us to create a shift that changes this."

The White House launched It's On Us in September 2014, and Biden has taken the lead in encouraging people to  sign its "pledge" t o identify and intervene in cases of sexual assault, and to create an environment where sexual assault is unacceptable. Students at more than 500 schools have held related events, and more than 327,000 people have made the pledge.

The vice president has brought on a number of celebrities to help promote the campaign, including Kerry Washington, Jon Hamm and Lady Gaga, who  Biden introduced at the Academy Awards in February before her emotional performance of "Til It Happens To You," a song about sexual assault.

Gaga and Biden will team up again on Thursday for another It's On Us event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The vice president then heads to the University of Colorado Boulder on Friday for another speech on campus sexual assault. His latest push on the issue is part of the It's On Us Week Of Action.

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