Notes on ‘The Hunting Ground’: CUNY Community Screening and Conversation

Based on the well-publicized number of sexual assault cases on college campuses across the United States, many might assume that sexual assaults on college campuses are occurring at an alarming rate. They would be correct. But this is no recent phenomenon. For decades, the epidemic that has been impacting our nation’s college students was something that administrations did not want to admit was actually happening. This resulted in injustice for survivors, their experiences invalidated by the institution that was to provide them equal access to a safe learning environment.

The Hunting Ground posterby Julia Suklevski

Based on the well-publicized number of sexual assault cases on college campuses across the United States, many might assume that these assaults are occurring at an alarming rate. They would be correct. But this is no recent phenomenon. For decades, the epidemic that has been impacting our nation’s college students was something that administrations did not want to admit was actually happening. This resulted in injustice for survivors, their experiences invalidated by the institution that was to provide them equal access to a safe learning environment.

I serve as a volunteer Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) Program Advocate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Washington Heights, and I’m a student studying in the Women’s Studies department at City College. So domestic violence and sexual assault are issues I think about and discuss often, and why I, along with Arlene Verapen, was inspired to help bring an important documentary, The Hunting Ground, a film that has been screened on college campuses all over the nation, to further the discussion at The City College of New York.

The Hunting Ground (2014), a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, was screened on April 22nd and April 23rd, to members of the City College community, as well as concerned members of the public. The film, directed by Academy- and Emmy Award-winning documentarian Kirby Dick, follows two survivors turned activists for a grassroots movement to strengthen alliances between survivors of sexual assault and the public. These advocates used their voices to raise awareness about how college administrations handle cases of sexual assault and violations of Title IX. Continue reading “Notes on ‘The Hunting Ground’: CUNY Community Screening and Conversation”

‘Boys Being Boys’: Can We Think Otherwise?

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by Professor Stanley Thangaraj, Anthropology, Colin Powell School

Last night, the Super Bowl, as expected, ran a gamut of creative, hilarious, and shamelessly sexist ads. Alongside the Victoria’s Secret ads that depict women as objects on display and items to be had, there was also an emerging genre of “good father” ads, and there was one notable spot on domestic violence, based on a phone call that was actually received by a 911 dispatcher.

It was no accident that the PSA ran during the pinnacle of American sports events. Multiple cases of intimate partner violence and sexual assault come out of both collegiate and professional sports leagues every year. Sadly, the PSAs aired last night don’t come close to opening up legible discourse on the corruption within high school, college, and professional sports. It is time to, as in the words of black feminist scholars like Angela Davis, bell hooks, and Audre Lorde, speak truth to power. Continue reading “‘Boys Being Boys’: Can We Think Otherwise?”

Speak Up and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

At Speak Up Speak Out we want to empower students to take a stand against violence, and we believe that starts by educating ourselves about abusive relationships. We believe that domestic violence is prevalent in our society, that it exists across race, class, and gender lines, that it exists on our campus, and that we have both the opportunity and the responsibility to put an end to intimate partner violence.

by Gargi Padki, Community Engagement Fellow, Colin Powell School

Project Speak Up Speak Out will release a photo project that has been in development since early October on December 2nd at 12:30pm in the North Academic Center rotunda.

During our “16 Days Against Gender Violence,” we will display photos taken of over a hundred students, faculty, and staff at City College in order to start a dialogue about domestic violence awareness on our campus. Speak Up Speak Out is committed to breaking the silence of domestic violence and addressing violence in our communities as a public health issue. In the spring, we will begin recruiting volunteers to help in our continued efforts to engage the college community to speak out against domestic violence. Continue reading “Speak Up and Speak Out Against Domestic Violence”