The Hunting Ground

Rape cases hidden for money and reputation.

Purpose of The Hunting Ground

The purpose of the documentary, The Hunting Ground, was to make a difference by proving that the colleges were covering up rape and sexual assaults happening on campus for their reputation and money. It was to help the victims be heard instead kept quite for once since their rape as well.


Based on the evidence and information from the documentary, The Hunting Ground, colleges denied rape and victims for the sake of their reputation and money.


Women were blamed and denyed for thier rape

  • Some of the girls were raped before class even started.
  • 25+ years of rape on college campus.
  • 88% of women who were raped do not report.
  • Harvard covered up rape and interrogated the victim asking is she was the one who wanted it and if she sent the wrong message.
  • Not all rape victims are women.
  • Punishment for rape- $25-$75 fine, suspension for a day, suspension over break etc.
  • A college student, male, took his life because his rapist was not punished and nothing was done to help him.
  • Fraternity brothers took a pledge that having sex, even rape, and having pictures of shirtless girls was a pat on the back.
  • Athletes were untouchable.
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Jamies Winston

Jamies Winston attended Florida State University. Winston was a superstar and a well known football player for FSU and is said he led the team to their victories. Jamies Winston was accused of rape from a student whom she met at a party. It was not long till the entire university and media knew about what had happened. Because Winston was the star football player and the fact that everyone, including his teammates, coaches, and almost every student that attended FSU, he was not hold accountable for his rape assaults. Come to find he has another victim that never said anything to anyone about her assault. Still, Jamies Winston was never charged for rape because of "insufficient evidence." Winston was never charged because Florida State University wanted to keep their reputation and their star athlete.

Title 9

Annie Clark filed a Title lX, federal statue prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded educational institution, including colleges-public and private- ,complaint against her school, University of North Carolina because of the response she was given when she reported her sexual assault in 2007. When she reported her assault the administrator compared it to a football. Clark explains that she was asked " If you look back on the game , you're the quarterback and you're in charge, is there anything that you would have done differently in that situation?" A University has a responsibility of responding to a hostile climate whether it be rape, threats, harassment and stalking. Andrea Pino says "That's where the police can only do so much. We've heard some cases where its very much threatening rape or just the hostile environment that cab lead to rape, and the police are like, 'Call us when it happens.' And it shouldn't be that, because just like when you see harassment in the workplace, it's the employer's responsibility to deal with the harassment."

When the Title lX was token to court, University of North Carolina quickly denied any acquisition about rape and sexual assault. They claimed they did not have an rape going on in their campus and that the claims of the victims were wrong about them being raped. The University was covering rape and assaults for their reputation and the funding, knowing their funding would be affected they did not take any chances to loose their money.

Film techniques and stratagies

The documentary, The Hunting Ground, achieved its purpose. The director used specific examples and techniques to make the point clear.

  • Explained rape cases and "Title 9 Case."
  • Filmed the girls in action doing research and traveling to talk to the victims.
  • Music choice. A technique to prepare the audience what they are going to hear.
  • Used footage from court cased and news reports about rape cases.


My overall opinion about the documentary is that they are absolutely right and its horrible how these situations are handled. I never knew how bad it was getting and worst of all of how the victims are being treated by the colleges. Male or female, rape is rape and it is something that cant be ignored. What really caught my eye was the immature punishments a rapist receives. This documentary did not change my mind about the issue, if anything it made it stronger. Rape is not a privilege. Rape is a crime and an act that needs to be handled right and put in end to. I respect victims who went through this because even if they do not see it themselves, they are stronger then ever.