Fear struck my heart. That could have been me, a narrow escape and I hoped with all of my heart the girl was okay. I never took a shortcut across campus again.
It Happened Here follows five female college students studying at prestigious universities. Each one of the girls was sexually assaulted on campus and each one had to suffer being re-victimized by their own colleges and communities after the attack.
This documentary unveils the horrors of sexual assault on campus and how certain universities became assailants as well.
What I loved: Whether you are a survivor of sexual assault or simply an advocate, this documentary will bring tears to your eyes and chills down your spine.
The raw emotion and stories of the girls in the documentary are incredible. All girls filmed are extremely brave to come forward and give a voice to those who are too afraid to speak.
And why would a college girl be afraid to speak about assault?
Well, it's no secret universities across the nation would do anything to keep their star athletes out of jail and on the field or court, even if that means dismissing a victim's complaint.
It Happened Here delves deeper than just the act of rape itself on college campuses. It explores what happens after.
The documentary includes many stats about assault on campus along with expert testimony and how these assaults can affect a woman physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The girls take the viewers across campus and even past the very buildings where they were assaulted. Again, it must have taken infinite bravery for these woman to re-open the wounds and share their pain with the world.
This documentary is informational and inspirational and I encourage everyone to watch it, especially college students both male and female.
What I didn’t: The only element this documentary lacks is the presence of the male voice on these specific college campuses. We hear from the survivors and their parents, experts and lawmakers, but no male classmates of the survivors were interviewed.
I really would have loved to see the male student's point of view and see if men on campuses acknowledge rape culture or if they are blinded like so many others in society.