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In Audrie & Daisy, directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk employ powerful visuals to tell the true stories of two adolescent girls, ages 14 and 15, who were raped by classmates and, after reporting the incidents, were tormented in person and online via social media. One teen survives her ordeal; the other takes her own life due to the responses of others. Parents and those who work with you in any capacity can learn a lot from this documentary, including the importance of teaching about consent and digital citizenship.
Audrie & Daisy also highlights how finding the strength to speak out can often change the trajectory of an assault survivor’s life and how social media can be a healing tool, not just an instrument of bullying.
Audrie & Daisy is currently showing on Netflix and is approximately 95 minutes long.