"An unblinking look at sexual assaults on campus" - The New York Times
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) and Violence Intervention Project (VIP) will sponsor two screenings of "The Hunting Ground" on March 30, 2017, on the Thief River Falls campus.
"The Hunting Ground" explores the stories of sexual assault on America's college campuses and the reaction and support, or lack thereof, victims experience in the aftermath. In the film, several students share how their reports of sexual assault were either outright ignored by their school's administration or how they were subjected to complex and ineffective bureaucracy in order to simply have their claims addressed.
In particular, "The Hunting Ground" highlights the story of two students who spearheaded a grassroots effort to file Title IX complaints against the colleges. Their efforts have since positively impacted both federal and state legislation by strengthening the follow up actions colleges must take when reports of sexual violence are filed. You can find more information about sexual violence and NCTC's Sexual Violence policy at www.northlandcollege.edu/sexualviolence/.
Violence Intervention Project (VIP) was originally conceived in May 1990 by two groups of concerned local citizens, the Martha Ripley Alliance and Project Safe. VIP is a private, nonprofit agency that serves victims of domestic and sexual violence in Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson and Roseau Counties. Victims of domestic or sexual violence who reside in Minnesota, or anywhere in the United States, have access to the VIP's crisis line at 1-800-666-6667. Further, shelter may be provided to victims coming from any location, and victims may access advocacy services at VIP's office in Thief River Falls on a 24/7 basis.
There will be two showings of "The Hunting Ground" in Rooms 201 and 203 on the Thief River Falls campus. Visitors are encouraged to enter the building through entrance A on the west side of the campus. The first showing will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the second showing will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at both showings. Questions about the presentation may be directed to either Kelsy Blowers, Counselor at Northland Community and Technical College (218-683-8543) or Sandi Bentley, Executive Director of Violence Intervention Project (218-681-5557).
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.