Friday, September 11, 2015

GCC Lyceum Series brings "The Hunting Ground," campus sexual abuse discussion, to Sealy Auditorium

Germanna Community College will host one of three free screenings of “The Hunting Ground” at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Sealy Auditorium on the Fredericksburg Area Campus in Spotsylvania. The GCC Lyceum Series event is open to the public.
The documentary delves into the problem of sexual assault at colleges and universities.
There will also be a panel discussion about preventing campus sexual assault and dealing with incidents correctly.
Filmmakers concluded that some institutions try to persuade victims not to go to off-campus authorities in order to protect the schools’ name.
Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering say they hope the film will "ignite conversation, raise awareness, and drive change." 
University of Mary Washington psychology Prof. Christopher Kilmartin will be part of the panel at the Germanna event. He is the author of “The Masculine Self.” He also co-authored “Men’s Violence Against Women: Theory, Research, and Activism” and “Sexual Assault in Context: Teaching College Men about Gender.”
  • .From 16 to 20 percent of undergraduate women are sexually assaulted in college.
  • 88 percent of women raped on campus do not report.
  • In 2012, 45 percent of colleges reported zero sexual assaults.
  • Only 2 to 8 percent of sexual assault claims are found to be false.
  • Less than 8 percent of men in college commit more than 90 percent of sexual assaults.
Local screenings, all open to the public, free:
Tuesday, Sept. 15
--7 p.m. in the University of Mary Washington Information and Technology Convergence Center Digital Auditorium
1301 College Ave.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
--12:30 p.m. in Germanna’s Sealy Auditorium
at 10000 Germanna Point Dr., off U.S. 17 near Cosner’s Corner in Spotsylvania County.
Saturday, Sept. 19--9:30 a.m. at Paragon Village, 1251 Towne Centre Blvd. in Spotsylvania.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-HOPE (4673) or at