Governor Hosts Screening of "The Hunting Ground," a New Documentary Highlighting the Epidemic of Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities Nationwide
Watch Trailer and Excerpts from the Film Here.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 30 additional groups, including End Rape on Campus, have joined the Enough is Enough campaign to combat sexual violence on college and university campuses. The advocacy groups, community organizations and unions joining the campaign today add to a long list of supporters pushing for passage of the Governor’s bill to ensure that all colleges in the state implement uniform and comprehensive policies to prevent sexual violence and support victims when it does occur.
“We must do more to end the harsh reality of sexual assault on college campuses,” said Governor Cuomo. “These attacks should be treated as the crimes that they are – no matter whether they occur on public or private campuses – and that’s why the legislature must act. With only two weeks left in the legislative session, the time is now for the Senate and Assembly to pass our bill. New York’s college students have waited long enough.”
“As a mother and a public official, ensuring the safety of our young people on college campuses takes on a special importance for me,” said Lieutenant Governor Hochul. “Sexual assault has no place on our campuses – period. I have held countless sexual assault roundtables across the state, met with the survivors, and heard pleas to fix our broken system. Thankfully, Governor Cuomo has provided us the chance to enact the toughest sexual assault policy in the country. With the closing days of the legislative session before us, we call on our state legislature to step up and safeguard college students all across the state.”
The Governor also hosted a screening of “The Hunting Ground,” a new documentary examining the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses across the nation. The film, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering, highlights several accounts of campus sexual assault, told through the perspective of the victims. The documentary details the struggles, the retaliation and the harassment these victims face due to the mishandling of sexual assault on their campuses and the devastating toll these crimes take on the victims and their families.
A TV-Quality trailer and selected excerpts from the film are available for download here.
Founders of End Rape on Campus, Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark were victims of sexual assault at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In an effort to spread awareness about sexual violence on college campuses, the students founded End Rape on Campus, an advocacy organization dedicated to ending sexual violence through survivor support and education across college campuses. The organization provides resources to survivors of sexual assault, including filing of Title IX complaints and support services for victims and their families.
End Rape on Campus Co-founder Annie E. Clark said, “It’s on all of us to end the epidemic of sexual assault that is plaguing colleges and universities across the United States today. The state and federal government have a responsibility to protect and support our students who are victimized by these terrible crimes, we can make a profound difference in the lives of students today. Governor Cuomo is right to stand up on this issue in support of survivors like me.”
End Rape on Campus Co-Founder Andrea Pino said, “Every student should feel safe and supported on campus, and we have to ensure that schools are doing everything possible to prevent and address sexual assault. As a survivor, I know what’s at stake on this issue, and it is unacceptable that some schools are still allowed to sweep cases of sexual violence under the rug. We need more people like Governor Cuomo, who are willing to speak out with us in the fight to end rape on campuses nationwide.”
The advocacy groups signing on to the Governor’s Enough is Enough campaign today are:
2. Arab American Family Support Center
3. Assn. Mujeres Progresista
4. Bivonia Child Advocacy Center
5. Day One NY
6. End Rape on Campus
7. Family Service League of Long Island
8. Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center
9. Girls Be Heard
10. Girls Inc. of Long Island
11. Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region
12. Hetrick-Martin Institute
13. IUPAT District Council 9-Painters
14. L.I. Against Domestic Violence
15. Legal Momentum
16. McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center
17. Mount Sinai SAVI Program
18. National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
19. NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
20. Retreat, Inc.
22. Sadie Nash Leadership Project
23. Sakhi for Social Services
24. SEIU Local 200 United
25. South Asian Fund for Education Scholarship and Training
26. Syracuse Northeast Community Center
27. Teamsters Local 237
28. TWU Local 100
29. Women's City Club of NYC
Governor Cuomo’s on-campus sexual assault prevention and response policy includes the following components:
- A statewide definition of affirmative consent, defining consent as a clear, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity;
- A statewide amnesty policy, to ensure that students reporting incidents of sexual assault or other sexual violence are granted immunity for certain campus policy violations, such as drug and alcohol use;
- A Sexual Violence Victim/Survivor Bill of Rights, which campuses will be required to distribute to all students in order to specifically inform sexual violence victims of their legal rights and how they may access appropriate resources. The Bill of Rights clearly states that students are given the right to know they can report sexual assaults to outside law enforcement, including the State Police; and
- Comprehensive training requirements for administrators, staff, and students, including at new student orientations.
Governor Cuomo launched the Enough is Enough campaign in February, and it has since gained a wide range of support from a variety of public officials, organizations and community groups, including:
- 17 of 18 county executives statewide;
- Whoopi Goldberg, who also filmed a video for the campaign;
- More than 40 city mayors from across the state;
- More than 100 elected officials from across the state;
- Nearly 20 members of New York’s Congressional Delegation;
- More than 50 statewide and local organizations;
- 28 public safety officials from across the state;
- Student advocates from Barnard College and Syracuse, Columbia, Fordham and New York Universities;
- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; and
- 11 private colleges and universities across the state.