03/06/2015 Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

Fundamentally dishonest: “The Hunting Ground” movie distorts the truth and shortchanges victims

[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”full” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ] The following is a press release from Stop Abusive and Violent Environments. Also, read this insightful article by Emily Yoffe, and read the comments of President Thrasher of Florida State University, who speaks out against the inaccuracies of this film.[/dropshadowbox]

WASHINGTON / March 3, 2015 – SAVE, a national organization working to end sexual assault, is criticizing the recently released movie The Hunting Ground for presenting false statistics, offering a one-side portrayal of the problem, and failing to call for greater police involvement in campus sex cases.

Produced by CNN Films, The Hunting Ground purports to be a documentary. In fact, the movie contains numerous factual errors and omits essential perspectives.  The film does not attempt to verify the accuracy or completeness of persons’ accounts.

The film makes the claim that 20% of college women are sexually assaulted, even though the U.S. Department of Justice reports a woman’s risk is under one percent each year.

The movie misleadingly states that “more than 35 other schools all declined to be interviewed for this film,” when in fact two college presidents agreed to conduct interviews.

The film does not interview any men accused of rape, does not mention any of the widely publicized examples of false rape allegations, and neglects to highlight the growing number of lawsuits filed against universities charging wrongful expulsion.

The Hunting Ground makes no mention of the recent Rolling Stone/UVA story, widely viewed as an example of advocacy journalism based on implausible and unsubstantiated allegations.

Although the movie highlights how universities are doing a poor job handling sexual assault cases, the producers do not take the logical step of calling for greater involvement of criminal justice authorities. This omission leaves victims attempting to secure justice at the hands of ill-equipped campus committees, SAVE says.

“The Hunting Ground presents bogus statistics, presents only one side of the story, and is designed to play on viewers’ emotions,” notes SAVE spokeswoman Sheryl Hutter. “That’s fundamentally dishonest.”

SAVE has produced a 4-minute video, The Hunting Ground: Assaulting the Truth? which can be viewed above.

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Comments (4)

  1. Orion1040

    as a college student when I heard about stuff like this happening to men I started getting nervous when I would get into an elevator it almost makes me not want to go to college anymore

     
    • Jack Strawb

      Pardon me if I’m misunderstanding your comment, but a small, high quality pocket audio recorder can be bought for under $40. Turn it on in the morning, put it in your pocket or backpack, and forget about it until the end of the day. If nothing happens, erase, and repeat the next day. It’s low cost insurance–not foolproof, but if you’re concerned about false accusations this helps.

       
  2. Clark

    The scariest part is that this movie has a 92% based on 62 reviews on rottentomatoes. God help us.

     

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