title The ‘No’ on sexual assault: A ‘No Means No’ campaign is now officially underway article A grassroots campaign calling on the U.S. to end its “culture of sexual violence” and “ban rape” has already won over a significant chunk of the American public, as well as some top Republican lawmakers.
The movement has been endorsed by prominent Republican lawmakers including House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Lindsey Graham, and Representative Mike Pence.
The campaign’s latest push for a nationwide ban on “sexual assault” comes amid a growing backlash against a spate of sexual assault allegations against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The allegations have prompted a number of politicians and celebrities to step forward to publicly condemn the GOP nominee.
Last week, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his support for a national ban on the use of alcohol as a “gateway” to sex, with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issuing a similar statement.
In a video released last week, Trump called the allegations against him “sickening” and accused the press of “sabotaging” his campaign.
“If they get him elected, I’ll do whatever I have to do to make sure that no one is ever allowed to take advantage of me again,” Trump said in the video, which was uploaded on Wednesday.
Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has also called for a sexual assault ban.
“I think that is a very important message to send to the world,” Lewandowski said on Fox News.
“If you want to put people in jail, I think that would be a good thing.”
The campaign to end sexual assault in America has taken on a more public face in recent weeks.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has become the latest woman to speak out in support of a nationwide rape ban, while former US Senator and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has endorsed the campaign.
“I want to say something about the false rape accusations, which have been so common, because I think they’re completely fabricated, and we’re seeing them go down,” Huckabee said on his radio show.
“And we have to address it, because this country has got to get serious about rape, and not get more complacent.”
“We’re a nation of laws.
We’ve got laws on the books, and if we are going to have this kind of behavior, we have a responsibility to hold people accountable,” he added.
A number of Democratic lawmakers have also come out in favor of ending the “culture” of sexual harassment and assault.
Former Democratic Senator and Presidential candidate Joe Biden has called for the end of the “gender pay gap” and has called on women to “fight back.”
Former Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called the current culture of sexual abuse “a threat to women and girls everywhere.”
In recent weeks, a number other women have also taken to social media to share their experiences with sexual assault, including actress Lena Dunham and comedian Louis CK.