Fullerton College held a screening of “The Hunting Ground” on Monday to showcase the issue of sexual assault on college and university campuses.
The film documents the stories of sexual assault survivors who have struggled to have their voice heard against their university’s attempts to silence them.
The film screening comes at a time when Campus Safety reported that a man exposed himself to a female student in the Plummer Parking Structure on Mar.1.
The event was conducted by Political Science Professor and Honors Program Coordinator Jodi Balma.
“It’s important to raise awareness for students,” Balma said, “I feel like a safe place for students who willingly share their stories with me.”
The film was followed by a panel composed of three guests speakers who placed emphasis on giving students resources for support.
Beverly Falco works as a Prevention Educator for Community Service Programs, a non-profit agency that provides support for survivors of hate crimes, human trafficking, domestic abuse and more.
CSP offers resources such as dispute resolution, family counseling and youth shelters. Further information can be found on their webpage.
Advocate and writer Joelle Casteix is Western Regional director volunteer for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a non-profit organization for people who have been sexually abused by clergy members.
Casteix stressed that the more people stand up and demand justice and accountability and refuse to allow the short term memory of institutions who turn a blind eye towards sexual assault to continue, the more victim-blaming attitudes “can be gone forever”.
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Students said the film brought to light concerns they had not thought of before.
“It made me aware of the services that were provided on campus,” mortuary science major Nicole Nuñez said. “I was shocked at the number of assaults that go on college campuses.”
“The film was very emotional and tugged at my heart,” student Justin Evans said, who, influenced by the film, plans to train in the summer to work for a sexual assault hotline.
The Health Center is located in room 1204 and provides multiple needs for different concerns for students. They can be reached at (714) 992-7093 or at their website.