Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thoughts about “The Hunting Ground” movie.

“The Hunting Ground” is 2015 documentary film about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States, and what its creators say is a failure of college administrations to deal with it adequately.

I saw the movie for the first time, last night. My sense is that with the systemic defense put up by Universities, the best way to go forward and make progress, is to leverage the right media. A solution would be to get a prominent and credible publishing company to produce a ranking that focuses solely on Campus Safety, detailing the number of incidents and assaults of all nature, including rape, of course, during the course of a year.

 This Safety Ranking would grade each institution on the basis of the quality of its campus police, its ease of reporting, its ability to listen compassionately, its follow through as well as any immunity (or lack thereof) offered to star-athletes, etc. In effect, this ranking would counterbalance and complement any purely scholastic quality, best-value or best experience rankings.

The caliber of the media outlet shepherding these ranking is of course paramount and would be instrumental in giving them both flawless credibility and high visibility. Just my two-cent...

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