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Women between the ages of 18-24 attending a US College are statistically four times more likely to experience sexual violence than other women in the US, and some 11% of all students suffer a rape or sexual assault through violence, incapacitation or physical force. Even more strikingly this accounts to 23% of undergraduate females who are most at risk during their first year.
The shocking statistics from the US reveal a society that is failing to address a serious problem, some males are fuelled by the constant praise for being ‘the best’ at sports or academic studies and find a misguided ego that they believe entitles them to force themselves on anyone they like. The US government has tried to act, they have urged colleges to enforce a stricter code of sexual conduct amongst students.
Louis Theroux heads to America to go face to face with the dramatic increase in reporting of the sexual violence, he speaks with those accused of committing the crimes as well as those who have been victims.
Theroux is not one to only scratch the surface, he delves deep into the issue and after this documentary will be sending scores of people to search engines looking for more information on the trial of Saifullah Khan – a Yale student who was acquitted at trial of raping a fellow Yale student, yet he speaks with Theroux and reveals how he is awaiting the outcome of a university investigation into the same incident.
At the beginning of the documentary Khan appears devastated, remorseful, worn out and genuine, but Theroux keeps digging, his analytical and investigative narrative produces some very dark, unexpected twists. For those of you who have googled already you may have already found that Khan has a much more recent murky affair. Theroux is not amused, he confronts his interviewee, especially when it starts to be readily apparent Khan has been evasive, manipulative and lacks integrity when it comes to Theroux’s questioning on his point of view on the accusations.
A striking insight into a serious problem which is not befitting of any society, let alone one which has led the way on the #MeToo campaign. It must also be said, it is not just women who find themselves as victims, although they clearly are the majority.
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