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The Hunting Ground Comes to USU

More than 95 universities are under federal investigation for their lack of reporting sexual assault on their campuses.

This is just one of many statistics about rape discussed in the film The Hunting Ground, which was shown at Utah State University on Wednesday April 15.

Lily Palmer, co-president of the Perspectives Club, said this film was important to show at USU because those who have been affected by sexual assault need to know they are not alone.

“It was very educational and it didn’t stray from the point,” Palmer said. “It just told you exactly what’s going on, not trying to sugarcoat the problem or anyone’s feelings.”

Palmer also added that the documentary sent an important message to college students about helping one another out and knowing that in college, you should never have to feel like you’re alone.

“I think that we just need to be very supportive and watch each others backs and be there for each other,” Palmer said. “Girls affected by this should know that you’re not alone. It’s never your fault.”

The documentary focused on how universities around the country have failed to take the necessary measures required to stop sexual assault from happening on their campuses. It shared many statistics throughout the film to prove a point: This is a problem everywhere.

According to the film, 16-20 percent of undergraduate women in college will be sexually assaulted. It also said in 2012, 45 percent of college campuses reported zero cases of rape on their campuses.

The film also looked at various problems within universities that may contribute to such high rates of rape. It illustrated examples from fraternities, athletics and alcoholic partying as reasons why college is such risky time for women.

However, all of the victims in this film were not female. The movie took some time to shed light on how men are also victims of sexual assault on college campuses. It discussed how the exact statistics on male rape are hard to determine because it is much less common for men to report rape than women.

The film ended by showing how people in universities across the country are coming together to stand up for rape victims and ask for universities to become more involved in expelling those who commit sexual assault crimes.

“I like how they all started connecting with each other and they were all just sobbing because they realized that they weren’t alone and they had support,” said Brittany Shields, co-president of the Perspectives Club.

According to CWG’s Stephanie Bagnell, the only downside of the film’s showing was the lack of attendance from Utah State’s fraternities.

“There was a disappointing number of fraternity men at the showing,” Bagnell said. “It would have been a great chance to show that they are against rape and are actively taking a stand against it.”

For more information on the issues discussed in The Hunting Ground, the Perspectives Club, or USU’s Center for Women and Gender, visit us at womenandgender.usu.edu or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @cwgusu.