My View on ‘The Hunting Ground’

My View on ‘The Hunting Ground’

I recently watched the CNN documentary, The Hunting Ground, which is about sexual assault on college campuses. I have mixed emotions about the film. I am committed to raising awareness about this issue, which is the main topic that I speak about on campuses all over North America. So I was relieved that sexual assault on campuses is in the spotlight and continues to get press coverage. I was moved by the courage of the victims and the former deans, staff, and faculty who risked their jobs and their reputations in order to stand up for the assault survivors. It takes a lot of guts to stand up to an institution and it takes guts to put yourself on film. I lost my innocence when I was 12, so I can’t relate to being a virgin in college. But I respect that some men and women are, and that many come to college with very innocent and naive views of the world. To hear one young woman’s story of how she was tricked by a male friend into coming over to a “party” that turned out to just be a set up, was devastating. As she told her story, I kept thinking: how can we set these young women up better? And men, because it happens to men too, they just report it even less. Why isn’t personal safety a required course in high school? Why aren’t we hosting numerous trainings and self-defense sessions throughout orientations and the first semester or year? Sexual assault is like addiction. No one wants to talk about it, but it affects most of...