UCLan welcomes ‘The Hunting Ground’

Hannah Mason, Editor-in-Chief

UCLan Students’ Union are set to screen powerful documentary ‘The Hunting Ground.’

In line with the #SayNO campaign, ran by Campaigns Officer Lucy Haigh, the union are preparing to screen the documentary ‘The Hunting Ground’ on Wednesday 24th February.

‘The Hunting Ground’ is an American Documentary which highlights the problem of sexual assault and rape on some American campuses. The Students’ Union are screening the documentary here at UCLan for educational purposes and to link to the work done on a local and national level by organisations in the UK.

Back in September 2014, over one thousand students voted for a campaign against sexual harassment on campus in the BIG Vote. The topic is often referred to by NUS as ‘Lad Culture’, with their research showing sexual harassment is a pressing issue on campuses up and down the country. Sexual harassment is not considered a huge problem at UCLan, however it does happen with reports already being made using the #SayNO reporting system.

Both the university and the Students’ Union have a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and #SayNO is a campaign to educate students and change their attitudes and perceptions of what sexual harassment is.

The film is a critically acclaimed documentary, which has not only been nominated for but won an abundance of awards, including being one of the fifteen documentary films shortlisted for an Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary Feature category this year, for its powerful message and strong emotional impact.

Students aren’t the only ones invited with invitations also being open to university staff and the local community, considering the campaign has already worked with local bars and venues in the city, it highlights that the campaign isn’t just for students to feel safe on campus but also in the local area.

The documentary will last 1hr and 43 minutes, after the film there is due to be a question and answer session with guest speakers will take place.

The screening will take place; Wednesday 24th February, 2-5pm in Darwin Lecture Theatre on Preston campus.

You can book your FREE ticket here and watch ‘The Hunting Ground’ trailer here.

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