Sexual assault, online bullying, and social media have become issues in the public consciousness given recent high-profile cases in Missouri and beyond. In partnership with Netflix, Futures without Violence, and Actual Films, the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is sponsoring screenings of “Audrie and Daisy,” a new Netflix documentary. The film is the story of Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, teens from different backgrounds sharing a common theme. They are victims of a culture of sexual assault, privilege, and a failure to communicate the dangers of social media.
“This film gives us an opportunity to engage in conversations that must happen if we are to help make our community safer,” Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger said. “We have a plan to work with our partners, including ACCIS, these local schools, students, parents, and law enforcement to make sure this important warning message about responsible social media usage, healthy relationships, and the consequences of a failure of respect, gets to students who need to hear it. The film highlights the limitations of our criminal justice system, but also the importance of decisions of character and how teens have the power to choose.”
Screenings are scheduled for the following locations:
• Missouri Military Academy, Mexico on October 19 at 3:30 p.m. (Students), Co-Sponsored with ACCIS, Inc., and Mexico Military Academy
• Missouri Military Academy, Mexico on October 19 at 6 p.m. (Parents/Community), Co-Sponsored with ACCIS, Inc., Mexico Military Academy, and MORE at MHS.
• Van-Far High School, Vandalia on October 26, at 6 p.m., Co-Sponsored with ACCIS, Inc., and Van-Far Schools
• Centralia High School, Centralia on November 17 at 6 p.m., Co-Sponsored with ACCIS, True North and Centralia R-VI Schools.
A previous screening was held on October 13 at Community R-VI.
Screenings are FREE to attend, but RSVP is requested through Facebook Events. Search Events for “Audrie & Daisy” then indicate that you are “Going.”
About the Film, From the Filmmakers:
“Audrie and Daisy” is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools, and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. From acclaimed filmmakers Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk (The Island President, The Rape of Europa), “Audrie and Daisy,” which made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, takes a hard look at American teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.