Wednesday marks four years since the release of “The Hunting Ground,” a jarring documentary recounting sexual assault on college campuses throughout the U.S. The documentary covers schools of all types: storied Ivy Leagues like Harvard, Florida State University’s celebrated football player. But, the documentary clearly directs its attention toward one school: UNC.
In 2013, preceding “The Hunting Ground,” a federal complaint filed by five individuals, claiming their Title IX rights were violated by the University, was released. Two of the individuals, Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, were the focus of the documentary.
Clark and Pino were, and are, heroes. It takes a special kind of bravery to stand up to an institution as large as the University, and then to share their story on a national stage. Women like them, women like alumnus Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and any people, regardless of gender, who are survivors of this horrendous crime, deserve to be celebrated and admired.
There are still people hurting. Not every victim of sexual assault has received the sort of validation that arose in the aftermath of documentary’s release. Not every victim of sexual assault — including campus sexual assault — has been gifted with the attention our society so lavishly sheds on other individuals, even those who perpetuate it.
We are privileged to attend this university. We are afforded many luxuries. Active prevention of sexual assault should be one of them.