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Obama to call for further action to combat sex crimes

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President Obama will convene a meeting of the White House's Council on Women and Girls Wednesday to renew his call for a more aggressive plan to prevent rape and sexual assault.

The White House gathering hosted by Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will “examine the progress that has been made and to renew a call to root out abuse wherever it exists and further protect Americans from rape and sexual assault,” according to an administration official.

Obama will sign a new presidential order to establish the White House Task Force on Protecting Students from Sexual Assault.

According to the White House, the task force will “provide schools with best practices for preventing sexual assault, improve transparency of the federal government's enforcement activities and coordinate among federal agencies to hold schools accountable for confronting sexual assault.”

The meeting coincides with a new report from the women's group -- chaired by senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett -- on rape and sexual assault.

The report estimates that roughly 20 percent of young women are sexually assaulted while in college.

Obama will highlight the renewal last year of the Violence Against Women Act but will push more executive actions to crack down on sexual assault.

The president will commit to using the bully pulpit on the issue, particularly by “engaging men in speaking out against rape and sexual assault.”

The president has committed to cracking down on sexual assaults in the military, a pledge he is also likely to renew on Wednesday.

Various Cabinet secretaries and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough will also attend the meeting.

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