(Silver Spring, Md.) – It’s been called an epidemic among college students – in a time of their lives when young people should feel safe. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an estimated one in five women will experience sexual assault during college, and schools can no longer ignore this alarming and prevalent issue. America’s leading true crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) teams up with esteemed journalist and host of the network’s hit series, DEADLINE: CRIME, Tamron Hall, to explore this dark underbelly of college life in the all-new special SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE: TAMRON HALL INVESTIGATES. Premiering Sunday, April 30 at 8/7c, the one-hour special follows Hall as she sits down with two sexual assault survivors from the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland to hear their heart-breaking stories of survival, the pained aftermath of their attacks, and the inspiring steps they’re taking to reduce the number of sexual assaults between college students.
“Sexual assault is a truly pervasive issue sweeping colleges, nationwide – one that we cannot ignore or simply turn a blind eye to,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “It is our hope that this timely special, SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE, will not only shine a klieg light on the growing number of reports of sexual violence among college students, but will also empower our viewers to demand necessary action be taken to put an end to these attacks, once and for all.”
In the 60-minute special, Tamron Hall meets with survivors Abby Honold who attended the University of Minnesota and McLaine Rich who attended the University of Maryland to learn first-hand the stories of their attacks, the consequences of those actions, and the steps they’re taking to heal and move forward. SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE also features interviews with key activists and experts on the topic, including Senator Bob Casey (D – Pennsylvania), who spearheaded the Campus SaVE Act designed to better educate college students about relationship and sexual violence; Mahroh Jahangiri, Executive Director of Know Your IX, an organization dedicated to empowering students to end sexual violence; and Steven Healy, a nationally recognized expert on campus public safety who specializes in sexual violence.
Others interviewed in the special include:
-- Linda Walther, the sexual assault nurse who examined Abby Honold at a Minneapolis hospital minutes after her attack;
-- Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney who oversaw the conviction of Abby’s attacker Daniel Drill-Mellum;
-- Dr. Kristen Jozkowski, Assistant Professor of Community Health Promotion, University of Arkansas;
-- Lt. Kevin Randolph, former sex crimes investigator, University of Minnesota;
-- Laura Knudson, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Advocacy and Support at the University of Minnesota;
-- Alanna DeLeon, a sexual assault survivor and President of Preventing Sexual Assault (PSA) at University of Maryland.
A partner in ID’s multi-platform public affairs campaign, INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE, leading advocacy group One Love will provide viewers with information and resources during a DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL programming marathon leading into the premiere of SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE. Founded in 2010 to honor the memory of Yeardley Love,One Love‘s mission is to change the statistics around relationship abuse by educating young people about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to be leaders driving change in their communities.
The One Love programming marathon airs on Sunday, April 30 from 5-8PM ET, and features some of the most inspiring episodes of DEADLINE: CRIME that focus on dating and relationship violence, including:
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: The Deadly Deceiver
Encore Presentation: Sunday, April 30 at 5/4c
Ecuadorian beauty Reina Swierski is reported missing from her Silicon Valley home not by her husband Gary, but by her lover Ted. After months of searching, she's presumed dead though her body remains unfound. Detectives begin looking for clues in the past, clues that lead them to a possible second murder. Now, they must race to find the evidence that will put away a violent and deadly predator before he strikes again.
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Taunting Evil
Encore Presentation: Sunday, April 30 at 6/5c
In the fall of 2005, Becky Sue MacDonald, a loving mother of four, breaks up with her abusive boyfriend and moves in with a relative to make a fresh start. When she suddenly goes missing, some people wonder if she's hiding from her ex, but there's also reason to suspect foul play. In an effort to trip up their prime suspect, investigators use one of Becky's daughter's as bait in a dangerous game of taunting evil.
Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall: Young Mom Missing
Encore Presentation: Sunday, April 30 at 7/6c
In the Spring of 2010, Julie Ann Gonzalez seemed to have everything going her way: a new car, a promotion at work, and a promising relationship with an old flame. But one sunny morning in Austin, Texas, the young mother disappeared. Did she take off with a new man on a much needed break? Or did something happen to her? It would take more than three years of investigation to find the answer, but even longer to find Julie.
SEXUAL ASSAULT IN COLLEGE: TAMRON HALL INVESTIGATES is produced for Investigation Discovery by Peacock Productions with Lloyd Fales and Knute Walker as executive producers, Leslie Mattingly as senior producer and Sharon Scott as president and general manager. For Investigation Discovery, Eugenie Vink is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.