As filmmakers, it is always our goal to focus on topics that will generate awareness—and The Hunting Ground has achieved far more than we ever hoped. We’ve contacted and educated every governor, worked with dozens of NGO partners and screened the film at more than 1,000 college campuses. Since its debut, our film has been cited as an inspiration for action by the White House with ItsOnUs.org, governors, legislators and leaders in higher education, as well as thousands of students who are fighting to end campus sexual assault.
Survivors all across the country have spoken out and made their stories known, giving the epidemic of sexual assault on campuses an unprecedented amount of attention. Moreover, people have seen there’s a problem and begun to act, bringing about real progress, including approved legislation or pending legislation in 16 states.
Together we can make an impact. See the progress so far:
• Pending Legislation
• Approved Legislation
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This bill will allow bystanders and survivors of sexual assault to come forward and report this crime without fear of an underage drinking ticket. The bill prohibits an underage person who has been sexually assaulted or who assists a friend who has been assaulted from being cited for underage drinking or facing disciplinary action by the UW-System for underage drinking when coming forward to law enforcement or campus authorities. The protection extends to all under-age people in the state of Wisconsin. The legislation was drafted in close consultation with the Department of Justice and with victim advocates. It is broadly supported by university officials and law enforcement. Assembly Bill 808 now awaits executive action by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
Lawmakers considering drafting college sexual assault legislation may contact End Rape On Campus, an experienced non-profit that has helped draft legislation for the US Senate and the states of California, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon.