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'The Hunting Ground' Delves Into Rape, Sexual Assault on College Campuses

By Howard Ludwig | August 18, 2016 6:48am | Updated on August 18, 2016 7:09am
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MORGAN PARK — Survivor Annie Clark will answer questions after a screening of "The Hunting Ground" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Beverly Arts Center.

Clark is featured in the documentary about rape and sexual assault on college campuses. Tickets to the show cost $9.50, or $7.50 for members of the center, 2407 W. 111th St.

"Thousands of young people are leaving the Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood communities for college this month or looking at colleges. Every one of them — and their parents — should have the facts presented in 'The Hunting Ground,'" Ald. Matt O'Shea (19th) said.

O'Shea partnered with Chicago Says No More to organize the screening. The group was founded by Kristie Paskvan in the wake of the 2014 domestic shooting death of Nadia Ezaldein, who was killed on Black Friday at Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue.

Paskvan's group aims to combat such incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the city. In fact, O'Shea met Clark at a Chicago Says No More event in the fall. The pair remained in contact, which eventually led to the local screening and question-and-answer session.

"Sexual violence and acquaintance rape, especially on college campuses, are not things that most people commonly talk or think about. But based on the numbers, they are things that affect a large segment of our population," O'Shea said.

He went on to say that approximately 20 percent of female students will be sexually assaulted while at college. And further details about the epidemic come to light for viewers of "The Hunting Ground."

"I hope this begins a discussion at every kitchen table in our community between parents and their teenagers. As a father of three young children, one of whom just started high school, this issue is very personal to me," O'Shea said.

For information, call the 19th Ward offices at 773-238-0288 or email mattoshea@the19thward.com.

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