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April 2, 2015

MSU to screen documentary about campus sexual assault

The Hunting Ground,” a documentary from award-winning director Kirby Dick that investigates sexual assault at American universities, will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday in B117 Wells Hall at MSU.

The film takes a hard look at sexual assault on college campuses, as well as the response from universities. Following the film, the director will host a question-and-answer session with audience members.

The screening is co-sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, MSU’s student government ASMSU and Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention, a registered student organization active in the movement against sexual violence.

Paulette Granberry Russell, MSU’s Title IX coordinator and director of the Inclusion office, said the screening is another important step in continuing the conversation around the important issue of sexual assault.

“Sexual assault on college campuses and within the broader society should be a part of our daily consciousness,” she said. “Its impact on victims must be understood, and we need all members of the campus community engaged in this issue.

“Documentaries such as ‘The Hunting Ground’ allow us the opportunity to hear the perspectives of victims in a powerful way and reinforce the sense of urgency needed to better respond to sexual assault when it happens, and also direct our attention to the need to develop effective strategies to prevent it from happening. We are thankful Kirby Dick has agreed to come to campus and talk with members of the Spartan community, most notably our students.”

By: Jason Cody