Survivors of campus sexual violence speak out

Five per cent of men and 20 per cent of women experience some form of sexual assault in their post-secondary education.

A Winnipeg screening of The Hunting Ground will take place March 31st for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino are featured in the film described as “a startling expose of sexual assault on US campuses, cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families.”

They also founded the group End Rape On Campus (EROC), which is based in Washington, DC.

Clark and Pino will be at Eckhardt Grammate Hall at The University of Winnipeg for the screening.

A panel discussion will follow. The night starts at 6:00pm and should go until 9:00pm.

The two will also be McNally Robinson in Grant Park for a pre-release launch of their book We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence Speak Out.

That takes place the night before at 7:30pm. The book is set to be released April 12th.

“The issue of sexual assault on campus does not exist much beyond the university or college,” says EVA Manitoba Director Mary Lobson.

“The community can play an important role in supporting survivors and joining them in the pursuit of leadership and accountability on this issue.”

EVA Manitoba is a grassroots organization designed to coordinate programs, organizations, and government to end domestic and sexual violence.

The University of Winnipeg Student Association (UWSA), and Klinic are also helping raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault with EVA Manitoba.

—ANDREW McCREA, MyTOBA.ca