Biden to speak on sexual assault prevention at U of Illinois

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a speech at the University of Illinois on preventing sexual assaults on college campuses.

According to the White House, Thursday's talk is expected to highlight the ``It's on Us'' campaign President Obama kicked off last year. The president's initiative began as sexual assaults on college campuses became a frequent topic of news coverage.

Biden has been a longtime advocate for strong laws against sexual assault and domestic violence. As a U.S. senator he sponsored the legislation that in 1994 became the federal Violence Against Women Act.

Biden will speak to students and others at a campus recreation center in Urbana.