It’s been called an epidemic among college students – in a time of their lives when young people should feel safe. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated one in five women will experience sexual assault during college, and schools can no longer ignore this alarming and prevalent issue. America’s leading true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) teams up with esteemed journalist and host of the network’s hit series, DEADLINE: CRIME, Tamron Hall, to explore this dark underbelly of college life in the all-new special SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE: TAMRON HALL INVESTIGATES. Premiering Sunday, April 30 at 8/7c, the one-hour special follows Hall as she sits down with two sexual assault survivors from the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland to hear their heart-breaking stories of survival, the pained aftermath of their attacks, and the inspiring steps they’re taking to reduce the number of sexual assaults between college students.
“Sexual assault is a truly pervasive issue sweeping colleges, nationwide – one that we cannot ignore or simply turn a blind eye to,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “It is our hope that this timely special, SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE, will not only shine a klieg light on the growing number of reports of sexual violence among college students, but will also empower our viewers to demand necessary action be taken to put an end to these attacks, once and for all.”
In the 60-minute special, Tamron Hall meets with survivors Abby Honold who attended the University of Minnesota and McLaine Rich who attended the University of Maryland to learn first-hand the stories of their attacks, the consequences of those actions, and the steps they’re taking to heal and move forward. SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE also features interviews with key activists and experts on the topic, including Senator Bob Casey (D – Pennsylvania), who spearheaded the Campus SaVE Act designed to better educate college students about relationship and sexual violence; Mahroh Jahangiri, Executive Director of Know Your IX, an organization dedicated to empowering students to end sexual violence; and Steven Healy, a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety who specializes in sexual violence.
Others interviewed in the special include:
· Linda Walther, the sexual assault nurse who examined Abby Honold at a Minneapolis hospital minutes after her attack;
· Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney who oversaw the conviction of Abby’s attacker Daniel Drill-Mellum;
· Dr. Kristen Jozkowski, Assistant Professor of Community Health Promotion, University of Arkansas;
· Lt. Kevin Randolph, former sex crimes investigator, University of Minnesota;
· Laura Knudson, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and Support at the University of Minnesota;
· Alanna DeLeon, a sexual assault survivor and President of Preventing Sexual Assault (PSA) at University of Maryland.
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