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Screening of “Audrie and Daisy” Saturday in Steamboat Springs

Teresa Ristow
Missouri teen Daisy Coleman tells her story in the documentary "Audrie and Daisy," screening Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School.
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If you go:

What: Screening of "Audrie and Daisy"

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St.

Cost: Free

— The film “Audrie and Daisy” documents the story of two teenage girls, strangers to each other, who both were victims of sexual assault by teenage boys after nights of underage drinking in 2012.

Both incidents were captured with cell phone photography and shared among classmates, and in the age of social media, took an unprecedented toll on the girls involved.

While Daisy Coleman, a Missouri woman who was 14 at the time of her rape, tells her own story in the documentary, the second victim, Audrie Pott, is unable to do so, because of her suicide just two weeks after her assault.

Through the eyes of Coleman, along with interviews with the girls’ friends and family and interviews with the teenage boys involved, viewers learn what can happen in the aftermath of a teenager’s assault and humiliation by her peers.

Released in September, “Audrie and Daisy” will be screened from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School by De-Escalation Nation, a new business run by former police officer Kristin Bantle.

“We’re bringing this to the community so we can talk about it,” said Bantle, whose De-Escalation Nation aims to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the local community.

“This is a film that cannot only help young women to make healthy decisions, but also for young men to make decisions that will not ruin their lives,” Bantle said. “I really think this is a beginning point for our community to talk about how we treat people.”

Co-facilitating the event is Meghan Hanson-Peters, a longtime high school teacher who teaches sociology and psychology along with civics and current issues to students.

Bantle, a former school resource officer, said students originally approached their principal Kevin Taulman about the documentary, and Bantle worked with the school to organize the screening.

“This is something that the students want to talk about,” Bantle said.

Bantle, who considers herself an expert on sexual assault, said many of the issues presented in the documentary, which include peer pressure, underage drinking, male privilege and teen suicide, are issues affecting students in Steamboat Springs also.

“It would be pretty naïve to think that it doesn’t happen here,” Bantle said. “We really want to bring the whole community together — everyone is a stakeholder in this.”

The screening is free, and the 95-minute documentary will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Bantle and Hanson-Peters.

Email Bantle at deescalationnation@gmail.com for more information about the screening.

Learn more about the documentary, which made its world premier during the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, at audrieanddaisy.com.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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