The Senate testimony of Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has transfixed the nation, with Dr. Ford’s memories of sexual assault in high school dredging bitter memories for women across the country. This Opening Conversation explores high school as the incubator of impunity, protected by a culture of cruelty, in print and film. For Roll Red Roll, director Nancy Schwartzman went to Steubenville, Ohio, where a “boys will be boys” culture shunned a young rape victim whose assailants had circulated photos of her assault on social media — and who had the temerity to report her assault to police. For a series in the Washington Post, Elizabeth Bruenig returned to her high school in Arlington, Tex., to investigate the story of a classmate who was raped, and was essentially hounded from their school after reporting the assault to police. Moderating the conversation is Cheryl Thompson, investigative reporter for The Washington Post.
Session Category : 2018