When Amy Ziering’s, The Hunting Ground, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the conversation around sexual assault on campus had only begun to regain momentum. We, as a society, had not yet reached our #MeToo liberation moment. The documentary – notable for receiving just as much criticism as praise – exposed the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses across America.
The film, in turn, exposed the lack of institutional response in the wake of student-reported rape cases, causing a country-wide re-examination into how universities tackled instances of campus sexual assault.
We have seen many phenomenal and awe-inspiring women take the stage at BlogHer, and Amy’s Spotlight talk, “Me Too & You: Sexual Assault and the Power of Storytelling,” left a palpable sense of courage and fortitude hanging in the room.
“The combination of courageous voices speaking up in The Hunting Ground and decades of work by student activists and advocates has led to the beginnings of a profound cultural shift,” Ziering said. “For the first time in our lifetimes, the blame for rape in our culture is being placed on perpetrators – not victims.”
Profound is the right word. And empowered is how we can feel after hearing Amy’s talk. The time when women were expected to remain voiceless in the face of sexual assault is up. We look forward to sharing many more of our Spotlight speakers in the coming weeks, and to welcoming a new batch to the stage at BlogHer Summit, August 8th and 9th in New York City. Hope to see you there.
BlogHer was founded on the premise that women’s collective voices hold boundless power. From celebrities to activists, and social media stars to entrepreneurs, hundreds of women have taken the stage at BlogHer. Our Spotlight Talks feature short videos from these thought leaders and are a master class in inspiration and empowerment.