Audrie & Daisy is streaming on Netflix. Go watch it.
Audrie & Daisy tells the story of two young women, Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman, both assaulted by kids they knew from high school, and both re-traumatized by the posting, re-posting and trolling as their assaults were shared and discussed on social media. We are honored to have been part of the team that developed an educational platform to expand and extend the educational impact of the film.
As audience members, we watch with heavy hearts as Audrie takes her own life, and as Daisy descends into despair until, over time, she connects with other survivors and starts to heal. As grown women, the stories of the assaults themselves are exhaustingly familiar, but the added layer of social media is utterly bewildering. As parents, we wonder how do we protect our own kids? How do we raise them to be kind and responsible citizens, on and off line?
As professionals, we see Audrie & Daisy as an opportunity to make a difference. This film evokes empathy and opens up a moment for deep learning, the kind that influences future thinking and behavior. Teens, parents, educators of all stripes, health professionals, officers of the law and legislators all need to act to make our complex world safer for women and girls, and all targets of sexual violence. We hope that the curriculum and the parent and audience engagement guides on AudrieAndDaisy.com help make those changes possible.
In creating the educational materials to support this film, we got to work with the gifted film directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, and feel inspired by their commitment to the issue. We collaborated with the talented team at AfterImage Public Media and the seasoned experts at Futures Without Violence. They fed our own passion for learning, and for thinking creatively about how to teach challenging, complex and sensitive topics to multiple audiences.