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Elon faculty, students use film series to raise awareness about sexual violence

In a partnership with Elon's community partner Crossroads and with the support of an Elon's Kermode Center Community Partnership Initiative grant, a Human Service Studies Department professor and her students presented a film series on sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking in the United States, as part of an ongoing community outreach program addressing these critical global issues locally.

In a partnership with Elon's community partner Crossroads and with the support of an Elon's Kermode Center Community Partnership Initiative grant, a Human Service Studies Department professor and her students presented a film series on sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking in the United States, as part of an ongoing community outreach program addressing these critical global issues locally.

Showing of Audrie and Daysi at the Downtown Center for Community Engagement.

Students of Assistant Professor Carmen Monico's fall courses, "Working with Groups and Communities" and "Global Violence Against Women," worked with Crossroads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center to create a film series that included thefilms addressing sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. Each film was followed by a film discussion and provided opportunities for conveying messages to victims of these pressing issues p resent at Alamance and all across the United States. The series was attended by Elon students and community members, including victims of sexual violence, and supported by a grant from the Elon University’s Kernodle Center Community Partnership Initiative (CPI).

The film series, presented at various locations in downtown Burlington, included the screening and discussion of three educational films: "Hunting Ground" on Sept. 28 at the Burlington Community Library, "Paper Tiger" on Oct. 26 at the Maker’s Space of the Steam Junction, and "Audrie and Daysi" on Nov. 2 at the Downtown Center for Community Engagement. The film series concluded with a screening of "In Plain Sight" at the Danieley Commons on Nov. 16, just prior to the Thanksgiving break, to allow engaged students to complete their reflective and analytical papers of this community project before the end of the semester.

Post film discussion of In Plain Sight at the Danieley Commons

The CPI grant enabled this community partner to acquire the film DVDs for future community and campus showings, as requested by community organizations or anyone in the Elon community by contacting Crossroads at: http://www.crossroadscares.org/

During the film screenings, participants were given the opportunity to engage in quilt making in order to convey messages to victims of all forms of sexual violence. The quilt-making activities are part of a multiyear initiative carried out by Elon by HSS faculty and the Student Health Center in conjunction with Crossroads, which is linked to the Monument Quilt, of which you can learn more about at: https://themonumentquilt.org/

Carmen Monico,
Faculty
11/21/2016 9:55 AM