'The Hunting Ground': Inside a Crucial Look at the Campus-Rape Crisis

March 3, 2015 5:02 PM

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'The Hunting Ground': Inside a Crucial Look at the Campus-Rape Crisis

A few years back, Kirby Dick was having dinner at a prestigious liberal-arts college when an administrative official timidly raised her hand and unwittingly launched the filmmaker on his next cinematic crusade. Dick was at the school for a screening of The Invisible War, his documentary about rape in the military. He wasn't surprised by what the faculty member told him — that rape was a problem on campus — but by the way she said it. "There was a certain amount of fear in her voice," Dick says. "I was like, 'Really? In this liberal institution you are afraid to speak about this?' That told me that there was a real, significant problem."

Dick's latest film, The Hunting Ground, tackles not just the epidemic of rape on campus — the film notes that more than 100,000 college students will be sexually assaulted in the coming year — but also the way in which universities cover it up. "By not supporting students who come forward, by not be...

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