During Sunday night’s Grammy awards, President Obama delivered a video message to the gathered musicians, entertainers and recording artists to encourage them to create a culture that would help end violence against women.
Asking all those who hear to visit a website and sign the “It’s On Us” pledge, Obama said:
It’s on us, all of us, to create a culture where violence isn’t tolerated, where survivors are supported, and where all our young people — men and women — can go as far as their talents and their dreams will take them.
He addressed the crowd specifically:
Tonight, we celebrate artists whose music and message help shape our culture. And together, we can change our culture for the better by ending violence against women and girls.
Artists have a unique power to change minds and attitudes — and get us thinking and talking about what matters.
The president said that “nearly” one in five women in America have been victims of rape, or attempted rape, and “more” than one in four women have experienced “some form” of domestic violence.
“It’s not okay and it has to stop,” Obama said.