Acclaimed Documentary on Sexual Assault to Screen at SVC
‘The Hunting Ground’ is a critically-acclaimed documentary about sexual assault incidents on college campuses and how administrations deal with the situations. It will be shown at Southern Vermont College’s Everett Mansion Theatre on Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to the free viewing of this film followed by a panel discussion. The SVC for Justice Club will provide support for the event and light refreshments in the Burgdorff Gallery.
Written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, the film focuses on two former students at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill who filed a Title IX complaint against UNC in response to their sexual assault cases while enrolled. Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. Following the film, with a running time of 103 minutes, there will be a panel discussion with Jenna Caslin and Tony Silvestro from the Bennington County Child Advocacy Center; Will Hansen, therapist at Counseling Services in Bennington; and adjunct faculty member Joan Sakalas and Title IX Coordinator Kimberly Gould from Southern Vermont College.
This event is the work of SVC student Elizabeth Simonowicz, who was inspired by her internship research at the Child Advocacy Center. According to statistics, one in five women in college is sexually assaulted, but only a small fraction of the crimes are reported and few of the perpetrators receive punishment. Simonowicz wanted to bring the film to the Bennington community to help raise awareness of sexual violence on college campuses everywhere.
After a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘The Hunting Ground’ has been shown at the White House and hundreds of college campuses in the US, and has inspired new laws within some states and changes in campus policies. For information, contact Simonowicz at [email protected] or associate professor Sarah Nosek at 802-447-6348 or [email protected]