MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre, Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins have teamed up with the President of the United States Barack Obama and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden on a new public service announcement (PSA) against dating violence against women. The spot, which is through the White House’s “1is2many” campaign and delivers the message that dating violence is unacceptable, can be viewed at WhiteHouse.gov/1is2many. It will air this summer on MLB Network, ESPN networks and FOX Sports cable networks, among others.
Despite the significant progress made in reducing violence against women, young women continue to face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. One in five young women has been sexually assaulted while in college. In the last year, one in 10 teens has reported being physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. In response to these alarming statistics Vice President Biden launched the “1is2many” campaign in 2011. This campaign focuses his longstanding commitment to reducing violence against women, specifically on teens and young women, ages 16 to 24.
Others appearing in the PSA include David Beckham of the LA Galaxy (MLS), Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks (NBA) and Eli Manning of the New York Giants (NFL).