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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

‘The Hunting Ground,’ a Film About Rape Culture at Colleges - NYTimes.com

"The Hunting Ground," a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses, drew gasps at a Sundance Film Festival viewing.

One has to wonder how large an impact this film will have. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a central figure and his accuser Erica Kinsman tells her story publicly for the first time. Two US Senators are crafting legislation.

We have a tendency to have this "boys will be boys" attitude about this subject. In other words, we're largely dismissive.

At the premiere here on Friday, audience members repeatedly gasped as student after student spoke on camera about being sexually assaulted - and being subsequently ignored or run through endless hoops by college administrators concerned about keeping rape statistics low.

This is the key paragraph in the NY Times story.

Colleges do a huge amount of singing and dancing when they're recruiting your children to come to their school. One of the questions that always comes up is the issue of safety. If it turns out that university administrations don't give a damn about your daughter when she makes a complaint of this nature, are you really going to allow her to attend school there? Or more likely - would she want to in the first place?

Answer that, and you've answered exactly why universities have a vested interest in keeping a lid on the subject.

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