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Documentary about USA Gymnastics scandal to be screened at University of Michigan

Hear from survivor Alexandra Bourque at Oct. 29 event

Credit: HBO

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan, in partnership with University Students against Rape and Standing Tough Against Rape Society, will be screening "At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal" on Oct. 29. 

The HBO film features exclusive interviews with athlete survivors who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar.

The film will screen at 7 p.m. at the Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre. A roundtable discussion will take place following the screening at 8:30 p.m., including gymnast and survivor Alexandra Bourque and her mother, Tammy.

Bourque is a survivor of Nassar and recently took part in a summit on sexual assault at the United Nations.

Tickets for the screening are free and are available via registration here.

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Directed by Erin Lee Carr, the film was produced by Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich, of Sidewinder Films, which is the production arm of The Foundation for Global Sports Development. The foundation has committed $1 million toward a new abuse prevention and education program called COURAGE FIRST, which collaborates with survivors and the leading nationwide child abuse prevention organizations.

Through online learning tools, a podcast, video and blogs, the program aims to educate adults on the warning signs of sexual abuse. The program certifies those who complete the course with a certification with the nonprofit Darkness to Light, whose mission is to end child sexual abuse.

To learn more and to get certified, visit globalsportsdevelopment.org.

According to Take Back the Night, one in four girls and one in six boys will be the victims of child sex abuse in the U.S.

About Global Sports Development & Sidewinder Films
Working closely with international sports federations, generous donors and committed athletes, The Foundation for Global Sports Development promotes sportsmanship, education, fair play and ethics among the world's youth. The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and communities that are most in need or most underserved by current programs, including women, minorities and youth in areas where the risk of delinquency is particularly high. Sidewinder Films, a 501(c)3 film production company founded by FGSD, uses the medium of film to convey its mission to a broader audience. Visit www.globalsportsdevelopment.org and www.sidewinderfilms.org to learn more.

About Standing Tough Against Rape Society (STARS) and University Students Against Rape
Standing Tough Against Rape Society (STARS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is survivor forward. Working alongside the University of Michigan student organization, University Students Against Rape, they host events and manage programs to increase conversations about sexual violence, to educate and share resources with students and community, and to give a voice to survivors
in all spaces. The main event is Take Back the Night Ann Arbor, a rally and march that brings students and community together to take a stand against this violence and to celebrate survivors and their healing journeys. Visit www.stars-mi.org and www.tbtnannarbor.org for more info. 

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About the Author:

Meredith Bruckner

Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.