In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Office of Student Conduct at Guttman Community College in collaboration with Jeenie Yoon of NYC Alliance and the Guttman Women’s Resource Center presented the documentary play “A Bad Night” on April 19, 2018. The event, titled #MeToo @Guttman, recognized the empowering effect of the National #MeToo Movement.
“A Bad Night” is a documentary theater project that reveals the complex portrait of acquaintance rape and consent as told by people affected by sexual assault— a problem of escalating proportions. Playwrights Amy Witting and Nicole Pandolfo conceived this project in 2012 as students at Hunter College and wove together complicated narratives of people’s experiences around acquaintance rape and sexual assault. These narratives were related by real interviews from survivors, detectives, attorneys, and others affected.
The town hall-style panel discussion, facilitated by Sylvester Allen (Women’s Resource Center) included Heejin (Jeenie) Yoon, Senior Campus Sexual Assault Coordinator from NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, Amy Witting, playwright, Sakina Smith (Guttman Information Commons) and the actors brought real-life applications and critical thought to the event. In addition, the panel and attendees discussed how we can continue to search for solutions to the problem of sexual assault. One Guttman reviewer remarked, “I really appreciated this event because it was able to inform the students to be more active learners and critical thinkers as to significant and current predicaments in today’s society.”