A Bowdoin College student’s film about the experiences of sexual assault survivors on campus premieres tonight. “Together” uses actors to represent the stories of five anonymous students who survived sexual violence.
“They represent a very wide range of experiences at Bowdoin, whether their experiences that happened off campus and they’ve just carried the story with them onto campus or their stories happened at Bowdoin and how that’s affected their ability to be a student,” senior Ali Ragan told the Bowdoin Orient.
The film comes at a time when sexual assault is on many minds. A student reported a sexual assault Nov. 10 at off-campus housing in Brunswick. Eight days later, another student told police she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man as she was walking in the same neighborhood.
Ragan began to think about creating the film her sophomore year. She told the student newspaper she hopes it shows how a community is needed to support survivors.
“Even if a case goes perfectly and everything is taken care of exactly how the survivor wants it to be taken care of, you’re still living with this story every single day of your life and it still affects you,” she said. “I think it takes the campus to support survivors and that’s what the film is aimed to do.”
“Together” premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, with a discussion to follow. Check out the trailer above.