The Hunting Ground (2015), PG-13; 104 minutes
IMDB Description: “An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.”
This documentary is difficult to watch and will undoubtedly bring about strong emotions in most viewers. It may also be a trigger for survivors of sexual assault as well as anyone who has a close friend or family member who is a survivor. If you think the film may be a trigger for you, I recommend you watch it with a trusted and supportive friend. I also recommend watching it earlier rather than later (not the day the assignment is due) so you have the opportunity to take a break from watching it and then resume watching when you feel more comfortable. If you need to seek support/help as a result of watching the film, here are two resources on campus available during business hours and one community resource that is available 24 hours:
Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS):
500 Snell Hall, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), 541.737.7604
Survivor Advocacy and Resource Center (SARC):
311 Plageman Building, Student Health Services (SHS); 541.737.2030
Center Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV):
24-hour hotline – 541.754.0110.
Write a 1-2 paragraph summary of the film. Think about it from a big-picture perspective and identify 2-3 of the main ideas.
Many universities claim to be safe and even free of sexual assault yet that seems to be at odds with the reality. What forces are influencing universities to discourage the reporting of sexual assault?
As stated in the documentary, the percentage of false sexual assault reports is between 2% and 8% which means that 92-98% of all victim/survivors who report sexual assault are telling the truth. Yet the figures of expulsions or severe disciplinary actions taken by universities against accused perpetrators is less than 1%. Additionally, many comments expressed by members of the general public in the documentary were critical of the survivor and sympathetic towards the accused perpetrator. How do you feel about this? Use specific examples in the documentary to support your position.
React to the film overall – Describe something that shocked, angered, or saddened you and explain why. This should be at least 2 full paragraphs – critically think!
If you absolutely cannot watch the film, e-mail your assigned GTA (via Canvas) for an alternate assignment. Keep in mind the alternate assignment will still be focused on the documentary – but instead of having to watch it, you will be reading controversial news/media pieces about it.
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