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Atlanta Mayor Urges Men To Speak Out Against Sexual Assault

The "Take a Stand" campaign is making sexual assault prevention a top priority.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is speaking out against sexual assault and encouraging other men to do the same.

Reed, who has teamed up with celebrities like Gabrielle Union and Tika Sumpter for the "Take a Stand" campaign, joined HuffPost Live on Tuesday and discussed how men can play a role in rape prevention.

"We can change the tone of the conversation by just emphasizing the fact among our friends that no actually means no. It doesn't mean to try to persuade harder," Reed told host Zerlina Maxwell.  

He added that the he has a strong female leaders on his team who have helped guide his understanding of the issue and structure the "Take a Stand" campaign.

"I happen to be blessed in that manner because I've got a really strong team around me to give me advice -- and that's really how we got to where we are," he said. "It really was listening to women leaders who said the traditional tactics aren't moving us in the direction that we want to move in."

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Mayor Kasim Reed here

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