PACT5 is a national movement to prevent sexual assaults and rapes in colleges. What is different about PACT5 is that it believes the documentary form, when produced by students, can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.
These student-produced documentaries and other related media resources will become important tools for all areas of college life, including orientations, residence life advising, campus police, fraternities, sororities, counseling centers, rehab centers, and hospitals.
PACT5 is a humanitarian collaboration started by students and faculty in 5 universities: Rowan University (NJ), California State University at Northridge, Western State Colorado University, Northern Illinois University, and Framingham State University (MA).
The 5 universities want other colleges to join them. Want other colleges to Make the PACT to become a safe campus and a source of preventative media that young people, their families, relatives, and friends will listen to.
Pact5 is a grassroots movement that began in the documentary production classes of five universities. Dedicated to stopping rape and sexual assaults in colleges, Pact5 believes that short documentaries produced by students can create powerful stories that can change potentially tragic behavior patterns. Pact5 believes that students are the ones who can make a difference in the minds of other students.
These documentaries will become educational tools for all areas of college life, including orientations, residence advising, campus police, fraternities, sororities, counseling centers, rehab centers, and hospitals.
This kind of humanitarian collaboration of five universities combining skills and resources to create social problem documentaries, and partnering with a non-profit national distribution organization, Clery Center for Security on Campus, is a new and innovative way to address societal problems. The five universities want to become a source of preventative media that young people, their families, relatives, and friends will listen to.
The seven documentary teachers and over 100 students who participated in this documentary project believe in the power of student storytellers to make a difference. Documentaries give students a voice that other students can see, hear, and relate to. The conversation to educate people about sexual assaults is growing and getting louder. Make the Pact now. We need each other more than ever.
“I’ve seen the long-lasting effects of sexual assault on people. It has made me realize I’ve got to be an active participant in spreading the messages of prevention and education. It’s not enough to show, we have to tell.”
"Sexual assault is like seeing an image with dirt in your eyes. It can sometimes be very hard to identify. This documentary has made things clearer to me and has helped me understand how to handle sexual assault matters if I’m ever put into the situation."
"One of my girlfriends was sexually assaulted two years ago, and kept her silence. This is what has made me passionate about this documentary and about raising awareness to incoming freshman, since it can happen to anyone. I want students to become aware of how important and common this issue is in college and how important it is for students to report it. Remaining in silence will just keep the issue growing and happening."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."