SART and MEGGA show Audrie and Daisy

by Mary Decker
edited by Bryce Johnson and Alex Thenin

(Photo: @AudrieandDaisy, Twitter)

One hundred thirty students attended Audrie and Daisy, a movie/documentary, that was shown this Wednesday, November 1.

The movie dealt with very difficult topics: such as rape, the trauma that results from rape, and the revictimization of the reporting process. The event was held by Franklin Pierce’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) in conjunction with Men Empowering for the Greater Good of America (MEGGA).

In previous years, SART showed The Hunting Grounds, a movie that discusses the problem of rape on campus. Jill Basset, director of SART, said that the team decided to show a different movie because they believed that Audrie and Daisy would show a more personal experience. The Hunting Ground is very informative, and shares many statistics, but it tends to generalize rape, while Wednesday’s movie showed intimate stories from specific individuals.

Kat Dougherty, director of Residential Life, said that Audrie and Daisy deals with two main topics, both of which are important to discuss on our college campus. One is alcohol use and how it relates to sexual assault, and the other, unique to this year’s film, is the victimization that occurs after reporting. In Audrie and Daisy that victimization takes the form of cyberbullying by the girls’ townsfolk and peers.

There was a follow up discussion on Thursday, November 2 at 10 p.m. in the Monadnock Lounge.

Anyone with questions or concerns they wish to discuss with someone can contact Outreach Education & Counseling on campus or the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention.

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