Park University Co-Sponsoring Film Screening and Panel Discussion of “Audrie and Daisy” Documentary

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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The National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with Park University and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, will host a screening of the documentary “Audrie & Daisy,” and a post-film panel discussion, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, starting at 6 p.m. (NOTE: To date, this event is the only scheduled public screening of the documentary in the greater Kansas City area.)

Admission to the screening and panel discussion is free, but reservations are requested by contacting the National Archives at Kansas City at or (816) 268-8010. A reception will precede the film, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Often, victim’s rights are overlooked in many cases involving issues such as sexual assault and bullying. “Audrie & Daisy,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was released by Netflix in September, examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two teenage women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. The film takes a hard look at America’s teenagers who are coming of age in a world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.

After the film, John Hamilton, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of criminal justice administration at Park University, and a retired 26-year veteran of the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department, will join MOCSA staff Becca Anderson, prevention specialist, and Victoria Pickering, education and outreach coordinator, for a discussion on aspects related to sexual assault, the criminal justice system in relation to victim advocacy and suicide prevention.

In celebration of the Bill of Rights 225th anniversary, the National Archives is holding numerous conversations across the nation to explore the continuing and often complicated issues of personal rights. In addition, Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., declared the 2016-17 academic year to be the “Year of Inclusion” at Park, with a series of speakers, essays and events to address a variety of topics, including proactive responses for people who feel marginalized, honest dialog to inspire understanding and acceptance, and more. Inclusivity is identified as one of the University’s core values as an essential institutional characteristic needed to foster true diversity, teamwork and collaboration.