Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

April 13, 2021


ATHENS, W.Va. – The award-winning documentary “On Her Shoulders” will be screened at Concord University on Monday, April 19, 2021.

The film will be shown beginning at 6 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center. The general public is invited to join the Concord campus community in attending the in-person event at no charge. A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow the film.

“On Her Shoulders” documents the experiences of human rights activist Nadia Murad who survived the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq and escaped to Europe. Murad won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, along with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, for efforts at ending sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Recipient of numerous awards, “On Her Shoulders” is directed by Alexandria Bombach who won the Directing Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival for this film.

The trailer for “On Her Shoulders” may be viewed here.

The film’s screening at Concord University is being held in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 18-24, 2021) and Sexual Assault Awareness Month which is held each April. The Family Refuge Center is partnering with Concord’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and Office of Multicultural Affairs to host the event. Funding has been provided by a grant through the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project.

“Statistics show that an American is assaulted every 73 seconds (2020,,” stated Terri Philpott, Concord’s SART Chairperson and Director of Field Education. “On average, state by state comparative analysis (including rape statistics by race data) shows that there are approximately 325,566 victims of rape and sexual assault (age 12 or older) in the U.S. every year (2021).”

“This is a conversation that must be had,” Philpott said.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be observed at the in-person event. Attendees are asked to please wear a mask.

For additional information please contact Terri Philpott at or 304-384-5282.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.