In “The Hunting Ground,” a new documentary released by the people
who made “The Invisible War,” viewers get an inside look into
what people are calling the ”
rape culture” on U.S. college campuses. The film chronicles the stories
of various women who claim they had been sexually assaulted on campus,
but forced to stay quiet about it.
Institutions like Harvard and Notre Dame, according to The Hunting Ground,
habitually cover up sexual assault accusations to protect their reputation,
and in many cases, their star athletes. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston
was one athlete featured in the film.
The Hunting Ground hones in on fraternities, and doesn’t shy away from
the fact that the second leading cause of lawsuits against fraternities
is sexual assault. Filmmakers reached out to various university officials,
but they either failed to return calls or declined to comment. For more
on the documentary,
read about it in The New York Times or
watch the preview.
Koffel Brininger Nesbitt frequently takes on
cases involving college students. We are passionate about this area of practice, and always fight to secure
justice for the accused – that includes alternative sentencing options
when appropriate. To learn more, contact our firm.