By Rebekah Crozier
On Thursday, April 22, Samford University’s Counseling and Wellness Office, in collaboration with the Title IX and Greek Life offices, will be showing a documentary called “Nevertheless.” A live panel discussion will follow to discuss the topic of sexual assault and how the film addresses it.
“Nevertheless” is a documentary film that raises awareness of sexual harassment in today’s society. The film tells the real-life stories of women who have experienced sexual harassment in their workplaces.
Samford University wellness coordinator Lyndsay Clark knows how important it is to educate students on the issue of sexual assault. She has strived to provide opportunities to learn about such issues during the pandemic.
“We try to raise awareness on the issue of sexual assault, relationship violence and campus Title IX implications every academic year,” Clark said.
The panel discussion following the showing of the film will be moderated by Clark and will feature three experts in the field. “Nevertheless” film producer Sarah Moshman will also be in attendance. The second panelist will be Samford faculty member and licensed therapist Jonathan Davis and the third will be Rebecca Graber Henderson, an alumna of Samford who now works as a Rape Response Coordinator at the Birmingham Crisis Center.
“I hope the panel discussion, in particular, will bring this discussion home and provide relevant and actionable steps to students that they can take to make a difference among their friends and in their churches and communities to end sexual harassment,” Clark said.
Clark believes that this topic is one that everyone needs to be educated on and that needs to be discussed.
“This is a national, if not worldwide, problem that has been normalized and dismissed in incredibly detrimental and dehumanizing ways,” Clark said. “Our Churches are no exception. As a Christian university, I believe Samford has an extra responsibility to talk about the uncomfortable things that work to erode our sense of community, togetherness and mutual respect and fracture our efforts to be the Body of Christ.”
The “Nevertheless” film and panel discussion will be available for viewing on the iAttended app on April 22 for convocation credit.