Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to RAPE: "The Hunting Ground" (video)

Instructions: Get into a US university, join the football team, target emotionally vulnerable person drinking alone, attack, allow the institution to cover it up for you, then repeat (VU).

Vanderbilt covers up rapes.
SUNDANCE, Utah - Just as a jury in Tennessee has convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room, a groundbreaking new documentary about rape and sexual assault on college campuses across the country is premiering at Sundance.

Rapists Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey could face decades in prison after being convicted of a combined total of 16 felony counts, including aggravated rape.

The Hunting Ground
(RTWC) An exposé of rape on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups, and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. With first-person testimonies, the film follows survivors who pursue an education while fighting for justice and to protect others -- despite harsh retaliation, harassment, and pushback at every level.

Tufts violated Title IX, student rape
Two other former Vanderbilt football players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, are awaiting trial over their role in the rape.

However, the court cases mark a rare example where students accused of sexual assault have actually faced punishment.

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Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, "The Hunting Ground" (FB) shows how colleges and universities across the USA are covering up rapes and sexual assaults and failing to protect students from repeat offenders. 

Democracy Now! speaks with the film’s director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. Their previous film, "The Invisible War," which exposed the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2012 and was nominated for an Academy Award.
The Invisible War
(CD/ From Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Twist of Faith) comes "The Invisible War," a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets -- the epidemic of rape of males and females by fellow soldiers within the U.S. military.

The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem: Today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

Twenty percent of all active-duty female servicewomen report being sexually assaulted. The total number who are actually assaulted is far higher as most attacks go unreported or, if reported, ignored and covered up.

The Invisible War: military rape epidemic
Profoundly moving, the film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report. 

Date rape of men? "Boost" (#yesallwomen)
Both a rallying cry for the hundreds of thousands of men and women who've been assaulted and a hopeful road map for change, "The Invisible War" is one of those rare films so powerful it has already helped change military policy. WATCH NOW

(BBC News) Are Greek system fraternities doing enough to stop campus rape? Statistics from the U.S. suggest 1 in 5 female students will be sexually assaulted during their time at college. It's such a serious problem that the White House has begun an investigation into how some schools have handled complaints. One of the colleges which has found itself under investigation is the U. of Colorado at Boulder. That's where the BBC Pop Up team has spent the past month. Benjamin Zand has been hearing the students experiences.

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