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Parents send their children to colleges and universities for a safe and contained educational experience, but college campuses are rapidly becoming hunting grounds for sexual assaults. SUNY campuses especially have faced rising sexual assault reports within the past five years, according to New York State’s campus crime website. Incidents such as the recent ‘forcible touching’ assault, where an unknown male entered an all women’s bathroom in the SBS building and attempted to ‘forcibly touch’ a graduate student, are raising fear and a need for increased actions. With the numbers rising against them, many Universities, including Stony Brook, are making an intense effort to promote awareness and prevention of sexual assault. It’s hard to pinpoint one reason behind the climb in sexual assault numbers. Center for Prevention and Outreach intern Michelle Milner says the blame is on a culmination of things. “Rape culture is a major issue, just in the world.…

Nothing is scarier than reality. A moment in which you realize you might possibly die is petrifying and immobilizing. That is what sexual assault survivors’ experience. Stories try and capture the human condition, and films are a visualization of that. The only film I have seen that truly and realistically encased the fear that comes with sexual assault was The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The film featured a whole 20-minute explicit rape scene. It is hard to watch as it can make viewers literally sick to their stomach with rage and disgust. Since rape isn’t the easiest thing for audiences to swallow, I was surprised but intrigued when I found out about  The Hunting Ground, a documentary on the sexual assault epidemic on university campuses. The film was featured in the Sundance Film Festival and premiered to the public last Friday in select theaters. The team behind the film…