Kirby Dick’s 2015 documentary, The Hunting Ground, addresses a controversial topic featured heavily in the press as of recent years, and yet one impossible to speak out against enough: rape on college campuses, focusing particularly on cases at American colleges and universities and the lack of support those institutions have provided their students after experiencing sexual assault.
This documentary follows the experiences of several victims, interspersed with clips from interviews with administrative professionals and other related authorities detailing particular cases as well as the work of sexual assault survivors, Andrea Pino and Annie Clark, to help raise awareness and provide support for victims who need someone to turn to.
The structure of The Hunting Ground allows for the inclusion of many perspectives, including representatives of several of the universities, male victims and a sole male perpetrator who had served time for sexual assault. The documentary team also seek to make it clear that not all victims are young women, as well as that not all men should be demonised. They focused instead on the most common of perpetrators in college rape cases: the repeat offender, often, though not exclusively, involved with Greek life and college athletics.
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