RADiUSand CNN Films have partnered for a film about sex crimes on college campuses, slated for a theatrical run in 2015, followed by broadcast on CNN.

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director Kirby Dick, and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer Amy Ziering (The Invisible War) will direct and produce the film. RADiUS will distribute theatrically.

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, according to the Campus Sexual Assault Study of the National Institute of Justice. Only a fraction of these acts of sexual violence are reported to campus officials and law enforcement, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators, leaving many of them free to commit the crime again. The feature will follow the personal struggles of several people working to deal with their own trauma, including several survivors who come forward with their stories, to their families and school administrations.

The filmmakers point out the institutional similarities between this type of enabling environment, where reporting of assault is often discouraged, with that of the U.S. military, which has struggled with its own crisis in sexual assaults, and their belief a tipping point has been reached on the issue, in the wake of recent report about violent and sexual crimes on college campuses, and professional athletes accused of violent and sexual crimes.

“The statistics are staggering – our country has a moral obligation to address this issue.  We hope our film will provide a wake-up call to our nation to better protect our students,” director Kirby Dick said in today’s announcement.

The Invisible War was a landmark film that had a major impact within the military. That said, there’s still a lot more work to be done across every aspect of our society.  In conjunction with the exceptional team of Amy and Kirby, CNN and this powerful film, we hope to draw attention and engage in real debates about this national crisis,” RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said; RADiUS is the boutique label of the Weinstein Company and the first studio division dedicated to both multi-platform VOD and theatrical distribution.

“Kirby and Amy are the perfect team to take on this challenge, as a natural follow up to their Academy Award-nominated and critically-acclaimed film, The Invisible War,” said Vinnie Malhotra, senior vice president of development and acquisitions for CNN Worldwide.

The co-production deal between RADiUS and CNN Films was negotiated by RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego alongside Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf for CNN, and Marc H. Simon of Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP and Dan Cogan of Impact Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

Other upcoming CNN Films include Dinosaur 13, about paleontologist Peter Larson’s multi-year odyssey to bring his history-making find of the Tyrannosaurus rex “Sue” to the world; Ivory Tower, which examines the financial value of a traditional college education; and Life Itself,  a biographical profile of renowned film critic Roger Ebert.