Obama: Sex assault an affront to decency, humanity

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Justice Department in Washington. President Barack Obama is launching an initiative to combat sexual assault, particularly on college campuses, turning the spotlight on a problem that has devastated millions of Americans yet rarely receives such White House attention. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says sexual assault in the U.S. is an affront to basic decency and humanity.

He says if a woman who is assaulted feels like she doesn't have recourse, quote, "Shame on us."

Obama is speaking to his Council on Women and Girls on the day a new White House report is being released turning a spotlight on sexual assault, especially on college campuses.

Obama says sexual assault isn't just a crime against individuals. He says it tears apart families and communities. He says for survivors, the pain can last a lifetime.

Obama is touting steps his administration has already taken to crack down on sexual violence, including in the military. Earlier Wednesday, Obama met with members of his Cabinet to press them to address the problem.