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For our All Bonner meeting on January 20th, we all viewed the documentary, The Hunting Ground. As mentioned during that time, we wanted to have a blog post dedicated to reflection.
As a reminder, there are many resources on campus (as well as off campus) that can be of a help if you need to continue talking about the film or feel that you need to report anything. The Center of ACE is always there for anyone who needs to talk. Here is the link to the Title IX page for Siena College, read through the policies of our school and learn about the different people and offices that can be of assistance.
Many interesting news reports and articles have emerged from this documentary. That includes the article Kelly sent everyone, the article Kate shared in the Bonner Facebook group, as well as this article showing how Florida State reacted to the settlement that was reached between them and Erica.
Throughout the film was the song from Lady Gaga, “Till It Happens to You” which she wrote because of her family’s connection to sexual assault on college campuses. The music video is very powerful to watch!
- Do you have any initial thoughts or reactions that came from the film that you would like to discuss?
- How did the stories shared in the film relate to your own experiences of college and campus life? Do you see such issues that came about in the film, relevant to our campus? Why or why not?
- Sexual violence survivors experienced doubt, disbelief or reprimand from university’s administrators when they reported their assaults. Were you surprised by the administrators’ responses? How did you expect administrators to react to reports of rape?
- Many survivors were hesitant to tell their parents about their experiences or have never told them. What conversations should parents have with their children about sexual violence? As a parent, how might you initiate and maintain a discussion?
- What stereotypes exist about sexual violence perpetrators? What about the victims of sexual violence? How do misconceptions limit the ability to provide survivor support or effective prevention education?
- What examples of victim blaming did you see in The Hunting Ground? Have you witnessed these examples or other forms of victim blaming on campus or in the media? How does victim blaming perpetuate the problem of sexual violence?
- Do you have any questions about The Hunting Ground, sexual assault on college campuses, or Title IX?
The thing about intention is that it’s not a goal. Often, we are very caught up in the game of competition and goals. While competition can be fun and healthy, it’s also easy to get swept into the so-called rat race of life. If you’re only focused on reaching a goal, it can sometimes lead you astray from what you’re really trying to accomplish.
Take time to go through different aspects of your life and your approach toward each. What is your hope within your relationships, community, work, etc.?
Blog about an intention you plan to initiate in your life this semester. How does this intention relate to the service work you do?
Happy end of the semester! We are now in the final stages of the Fall semester! As we wrap up the end of the semester, please take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished at your service site so far. As we head into the Spring semester, it is important to set some specific goals that can guide your service at your site. Please identify 3 goals for your service site that you hope to accomplish in the Spring.
Good luck on final exams!
As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, we start to reflect on the people, experiences, situations, and things that we are most thankful for.
After completing almost a full semester of service so far this year, take some time to think about the experiences that you are most thankful for. This can also include some of the people that have made this all possible.
Know that we, as your Bonner family, are very thankful for you! This program would not be what it is without the perseverance and dedication of each one of you.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!