Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Joins Filmmakers Of ‘The Hunting Ground’ To FIght College Campus Rape

March 2, 2015

By Dan Friedman at New York Daily News

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is teaming up with the makers of a new documentary to help pass her bill combating sex attacks on college campuses.

The New York Democrat and a bipartisan group of 11 other senators are rolling out legislation to coincide with the release of “The Hunting Ground,” which opens around the country later this month.

A day before the movie’s premiere in New York and Los Angeles, Gillibrand, who appears in the film, took in a Washington screening. The director and producer attended a press conference last week where the senators outlined their bill.

The legislation, along with a companion House measure co-sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), would force universities to adopt standard practices for weighing sexual charges and to survey students on the prevalence of assault.

The movie’s director, Kirby Dick, and producer Amy Ziering, also made a documentary, “The Invisible War,” about sexual assault in the military. Gillibrand credits that film with boosting her ultimately unsuccessful effort to force the military to shift responsibility for prosecuting sexual assault out of the normal chain of command...