by Allayah Carr

University of West Georgia students will have the opportunity to learn about their rights in regards to sexual abuse and misconduct on campus. The Responsible Sexuality Committee (RXCOM) will have a screening of the documentary The Hunting Ground on Monday, January 25 in the UWG Bonner Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. The screening is intended to raise awareness of potential sexual threats and inform students what UWG is doing to prevent these occurrences. The program is free and open to all students.

Movie poster for the Hunting Ground

“The film has been described as an expose of rape culture on college and university campuses,” said Dr. Ryan Bronkema, chairman of RXCOM. “Campus sexual assaults are not just a miscommunication or ambiguous circumstances but should be understood as calculated, premeditated crimes.”

The film will be followed by a panel discussion from UWG’s counseling staff to answer questions and inform students on what they can do if they encounter or witness sexual abuse.

Dr. Bronkema was advised by the Campus Safety and Security Committee to show the film that earned commendations from film critics and members of the U.S Congress at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He also recommends that parents of collegiate students watch the film to be fully aware of the measures they can take as well.

“It is our hope that this film, and the subsequent dialogue, will help students make more informed decisions,” said Dr. Bronkema.

RXCOM is a campus organization that serves to inform students about sexual issues so students can make healthy sexual decisions. The committee does this by hosting events, such as Take Back the Night and the Vagina Monologues, in order to promote safe sex.

For more information, email Dr. Bronkema at rbronkem@westga.edu.

Posted on January 21, 2016