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Framingham State professor, students to make film about campus sexual assault

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 17, 2012 04:40 PM

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A Framingham State University professor has received a grant of up to $15,000 to help students create a documentary on sexual assault and rape, according to the university.

Professor Robert Johnson, Jr. of Framingham State’s Communication Arts Department is one of five documentary film educators from around the country participating in the "Collaborative Documentary Project: Sexual Assault Grant" funded by the Wyncote Foundation.

The final documentary will be completed by May 2013.

“I’m very excited about this grant and the opportunity it presents for our students,” Johnson said.

The Wyncote Foundation, which was founded in 2009 and focuses on supporting public media and journalism, will provide up to $200,000 for the project.

The organization believes in the power of the documentary form to provide media tools to combat the social problem of sexual assault in a college setting, according to prepared remarks.

The money can be used to fund a wide variety of expenses, as long as they contribute to educating students and production of the documentary.

A portion of the funding will be used for the creation of a website where the documentaries and other media resources will reinforce the mission of reducing sexual assault amongst college students.

Other universities participating in the project include California State University, Northern Illinois University, Rowan University and Western State College of Colorado.

A conference will take place in June at Rowan University, which is the lead site.

The conference will consist of the faculty members from each school as well as sexual assault experts and documentarians who have targeted social problems.

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