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Remarks by the Vice President at the Academy Awards

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Location: Los Angeles, CA

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Hey, Matt, how are you? (Laughter.) (Applause.) No, no, no, no, thank you. I'm the least qualified man here tonight. Thank you. (Applause.)

Good evening. Good evening, and thank you very much. Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men -- on and off college campuses -- are still victims of sexual abuse. And tonight I'm asking you to join millions of Americans, including me, President Obama, the thousands of students I've met on college campuses, and the artists here tonight to take the pledge -- a pledge that says: I will intervene in situations when consent has not or cannot be given.

Let's change the culture. (Applause.) We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves, what did I do? They did nothing wrong. (Applause.)

So, folks, I really mean this. I'm sincere. Take the pledge. Go look at, visit ItsOnUs.org.

Now, performing her Oscar-nominated song, "Til It happens to you," written with Diane Warren, for the film "The Hunting Ground," welcome my friend and a courageous lady herself, Lady Gaga. (Applause.)

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