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Katherine Ranzenberger

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Penn State York is hoping bring light to a problem that plagues college campuses.

"The Hunting Ground"

The college is showing “The Hunting Ground,” an Oscar-nominated film about sexual assaults on college campuses, institutional cover-ups and the social toll on survivors and their families, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave.

“National statistics show that one in four women and one in 13 men will experience sexual assault while attending a college or university,” said Nick Silveri-Hiller, community outreach advocate, Access-York/Victims Assistance Center of the YWCA in York, in a news release. “This is the tragic reality of violence on college campuses."

The film follows survivors as they continue their education and fight for justice through first-person testimonies and real-life footage, according to the news release. “The Hunting Ground” has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the White House and other college and university campuses across the nation.

“It’s exciting to see multiple institutions of higher education collaborating to acknowledge the past failures to address sexual violence and work toward a future where all students can learn and grow as young adults free from violence,” said Silveri-Hiller.

A panel discussion will follow the film screening and will be moderated by Silveri-Hiller. The panel includes Paul W. Apicella, Title IX coordinator for Penn State; Kristen Houser, chief public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape; and Amanda Rich, assistant professor of behavioral science and sociology at York College.

The event is sponsored by the Penn State York Student Affairs Office and the Student Activity Fee (SAF).

Access-York/Victim Assistance Center are programs with the YWCA York for intimate partner violence and sexual assault and provide confidential and free support to victims and survivors.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 800-422-3204 for sexual violence or call 800-262-8444 for intimate partner violence to find out what options are available.