By Maria Carter
May 26, 2016
If you watched the Oscars this year, you likely rememberof “Til It Happens to You.” Seated at a white piano, the artist was joined onstage by 50 women and men — not backup dancers or super fans, but fellow survivors of sexual assault, many of whom appeared in the documentary , the film for which Gaga and Diane Warren wrote the song. It was nominated for Best Original Song, but lost to a James Bond theme — perhaps, given the film’s subject of rape culture on college campuses and administrators’ repeated failure to take action against perpetrators of sexual assault.
Though snubbed by the Academy, The Hunting Ground, which inspiredand is now available for streaming on Netflix, recently received another honor. , the largest victim services agency in the country, presented director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering with the Voice of Courage Award — a recognition Dick called even “more important” than that of industry peers.
WomansDay.com was there to speak with the filmmakers — as well as Safe Horizon’s deputy CEO Liz Roberts and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, an ambassador for the organization and a domestic violence survivor herself — about what parents can do to prepare and protect their graduating high-school seniors in light of the ongoingat universities across the nation.