Film on Campus Sexual Assault to be Screened at SOU

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(Ashland, Ore.) —The Hunting Ground, the latest documentary from Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, will be presented at Southern Oregon University on Friday, May 1, at 6 p.m. Described as “a startling expose of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families,” The Hunting Ground was premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at colleges and universities around the nation.

“This is such an important issue in our nation right now that we wanted to bring it to our community and make sure that SOU students and others throughout the Rogue Valley have the opportunity to view it,” said Mary Vest, coordinator of SOU’s Women’s Resource Center, which is sponsoring the screening.

Southern Oregon University is widely regarded as a national leader on the issue of campus sexual assault response. University staff have testified at both the state and national level during legislative hearings on the issue and SOU’s “Campus Choice” program has served as a model for proposed federal legislation currently working its way through the US Senate.

The Hunting ground features SOU as a university that handles reports of campus sexual assault in a positive manner.

Following the screening of the film, there will be a question and answer session with members of the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team, Ashland Police Department’s “You Have Options” program, SOU’s “Campus Choice” program and more.

The screening is free and open to the public. For more information on The Hunting Ground, visit www.thehuntinggroundfilm.com.

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