Documentary Film, "The Hunting Ground"

FSU to Screen Documentary “The Hunting Ground”

The Frostburg State University Program in Women’s Studies and the FSU Office of Gender Equity will host a screening of “The Hunting Ground” on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Gira Center room 397. A panel discussion will follow the film. This event is free and open to the public.

“The Hunting Ground” is a 2015 documentary about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the U.S. and what its creators say is a failure of college administrations to deal with it adequately. The documentary focuses on two former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students who filed a Title IX complaint against UNC in response to their rapes while enrolled. The use of Title IX in campus sexual assault cases became a model for universities across the country.

“The Hunting Ground” presents multiple students who were sexually assaulted at their college campuses, who say that college administrators either ignored them or required that they navigate a complex academic bureaucracy to have their claims addressed. The film contains interviews with college administrators who state that they were pressured into suppressing rape cases. The film chiefly criticized actions (or the lack thereof) by university administrations, but it also examines fraternities.

“The Hunting Ground” was written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, the Academy Award-nominated filmmakers of the 2012 documentary, “The Invisible War,” which focused on the issue of sexual assault in the U.S. military. According to Ziering, reactions from women on college campuses to this film inspired them to make a documentary about the subject of sexual assault at American colleges.

The filmmakers contend that most rapes are committed by a small number of repeat offenders. Dick stated that less than 8 percent of the population is responsible for more than 90 percent of all sexual assaults. Ziering remarked that “our failure as a society to apprehend perpetrators leaves criminals at large who are savvy and experienced and able to continue to commit these crimes with impunity.”

This event is co-sponsored by FSU Counseling and Psychological Services, the Family Crisis Resource Center and the Maryland Area Health Education Center West, also known as AHEC West.

For info, contact Dr. Jennifer Earles at 301-687-3198 or jlearles@frostburg.edu, or Dr. Benjamin Brauer at 301-687-3035 or btbrauer@frostburg.edu.

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

CCIT , 397 Frostburg State University

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