With just a few months left as vice president, Joe Biden is still as vocal as ever about ending sexual assault

By Dave Quinn
Updated September 30, 2016 02:00 PM

Vice President Joe Biden only has a few months left in the White House, and at the tail end of his eight-year tenure as America’s second in command, the 73-year-old is still as vocal as ever about ending sexual assault – a cause that inspired him to draft 1994’s Violence Against Women Act when he was a Delaware senator.

Visiting the The Tonight Show on Thursday, Biden criticized men who sexually assault women as “cowards.”

“Any man who takes a drunk woman up the stairs in a fraternity house is a damn coward, man,” Biden said. “There’s nothing manly about this. They should get knocked on their ass.”

His comments came as he reflected on the “It’s On Us” initiative – something he says he’s very proud of.

Launched by Biden and President Obama in 2014, the campaign asks men and women across America to step off the sidelines and become a part of the solution to end sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide – where Biden notes that violent crime against women between the ages of 18 and 24 is still a major problem.

“We can change the culture here,” he said. “No means no. If a woman can’t respond, if she is inebriated or under the influence, then it’s rape. It’s a real simple proposition.”

Biden explained that the idea for “It’s On Us” came from “town hall meetings with thousands of people” on college campuses, where students themselves asked him to “get men involved in this process.”

“We gotta change the way we think about this. I’m convinced the vast majority of men understand and it’s about time we speak up and we intervene when we see it,” Biden said.

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The vice president also spoke about how his father has inspired him in this area.

“My dad was a graceful gentleman,” Biden said. “And he used to say that the greatest sin is the abuse of power, and the cardinal sin of all is for a man to raise his hand to a woman or a child.”