Kirby Dick, the director of a new documentary on campus rape, believes coaches need to take a more active role in order to stop sexual assault in college, he said Monday on HuffPost Live.
"Most athletes are horrified by this," noted Dick, the director behind "The Hunting Ground" and "The Invisible War," documentaries about sexual assault in college and the military, respectively. But Dick insisted there are too many cases where star athletes get away with assaults, and "Schools, unfortunately, have not stood up to these athletes."
"I would like to see coaches stepping up and saying, ya know, 'This is not going to happen in my program,' and just send that message to the athletes and if anything like this happens, that athlete gets kicked out," Dick said. "I know there are some good coaches out there who do this, but I'd like to see them to step up publicly and say this -- not only to their players -- but to the entire school, and the entire country."
A portion of "The Hunting Ground" chronicles how Tallahassee police and Florida State University officials handled an alleged sexual assault committed by star quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston does not appear in the film, but the documentary features the only interview with Erica Kinsman, the alleged victim in the case. Prosecutors declined to press charges against Winston, and he was found not responsible for sexual assault in an FSU student conduct hearing.
Dick's comments come as a new book, "Missoula," by Jon Krakauer, examines how police handled multiple allegations of University of Montana football players committing gang rapes. Recently, Al Jazeera America spent a week publishing stories about sexual violence among athletes, highlighting one case where a University of Alabama hockey player who confessed to an assault was given a six month suspension as punishment.