WKU’s Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility will present a screening and discussion of It Happened Here, a new documentary examining sexual assault on college campuses through personal testimonies of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.
The film exposes the alarming pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses, the institutional coverups, the failure to protect students, and the fight for accountability on campus and in federal court. The documentary will be presented from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 at the Downing Student Union Auditorium and will be followed by a discussion with producer Marjorie Schwartz Nielsen and featured survivor-activist Sarah O’Brien. This is a free, accessible and swipeable event.
Nielsen has worked for the Nickelodeon Network, associate produced documentaries for WNET & KCET, written feature films, and was a nominee for the Humanitas Prize. Nielsen has worked with at-risk youth and created programs for Hollygrove Family Services and Art Division in Los Angeles.
O’Brien was sexually assaulted at Vanderbilt University by a trusted friend and chose not to report for fear of harassment and retaliation, but after news of more assaults on campus, she chose to self-identify as a survivor. O’Brien mobilized other survivors and activists and presented a list of demands to Vanderbilt deans that led to a revision of university policies. She reached out to other survivors, and together they filed Clery and Title lX complaints against their schools.
The event is hosted by the WKU Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility (ICSR), and co-sponsored by Hope Harbor, the Coalition for Social Justice (CSJ), the School of Journalism & Broadcasting, and the Student Government Association.
Contact: ICSR, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-3218.