WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama is touting new plans to fight sexual assault and other violent crimes nationwide.
Earlier this week, he announced a task force aimed at protecting students on college campuses from sexual assault.
During his White House address Saturday, Obama spoke about the issue again, saying it's a problem that affects the entire nation.
"Sexual assault is an affront to our basic decency and humanity. And it's about all of us, the safety of those we love most: our moms, our wives, our daughters and our sons. Because when a child starts to question their self-worth after being abused, and maybe starts withdrawing, or a young woman drops out of school after being attacked, or a mom struggles to hold down a job and support her kids after an assault, it's not just these individuals and their families who suffer. Our communities, our whole country is held back," Obama said.
According to a report from a White House convened council, nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. That's about 22 million women.
The report found that women in college settings were at high risk for sexual assault.
Obama has also vowed to continue combating sexual assaults in the military.
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