Janet Napolitano: Stamping Out Sexual Assault at College

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Why you should care

Because when one of the leaders of higher education says she wants to change the way we talk about rape, something big could be about to go down.

OZY co-founder and CEO Carlos Watson sat down for a rare interview with Janet Napolitano, former U.S. secretary of homeland security and the newest president of the University of California system.

Napolitano told Watson that combating rape and sexual assault on college campuses would require a “cultural change” — and that we can no longer blame issues of sexual violence on alcohol or “young people being young people.” Her comments, made last week, are even more timely today, as Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a law Monday defining sexual consent as “yes means yes” on college campuses, not simply “no means no.”

She also talked to Watson about her decision to move from Washington, D.C., to the world of West Coast higher education — where she plans to stay … for now.

Watch Part I of the interview with President Napolitano here, where she tackles homeland security, immigration, and the Islamic State group.



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