-- The woman who accused football star Jameis Winston of rape is speaking out in a new film.
Erica Kinsman shared her story in “The Hunting Ground,” which filmmakers say seeks to expose the epidemic of violence and institutional cover-ups sweeping college campuses across America.
“I just want to know, ‘Why me?’” she said in the film, which is appearing in theaters starting today. “It doesn’t really make sense.”
Kinsman told filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick that when she identified her alleged rapist, she was told by the lead detective, “This is a huge football town. You really should think long and hard about whether you want to press charges or not.”
While the Tallahassee Police’s handling of the case has been criticized, no charges were filed in the case, with Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs citing insufficient evidence. Winston -- who has maintained that the encounter was consensual -- was also cleared in a university code of conduct hearing.
Ziering contends that Florida State University’s desire to protect its reputation, and the athlete involved, contributed to how the case was handled.
“Here's a family that really believed in law enforcement, really believed in their school, in their institution, could not imagine it would not do the right thing by them,” Ziering said.
Kinsman eventually left the university. The filmmakers noted Kinsman faced backlash after coming forward.
“The reprisals she experienced ... she received all kinds of very aggressive comments on social media,” Dick said.
A university official told ABC News FSU was not aware Kinsman ever said she felt driven out of the university, adding that university officials "went to extraordinary lengths to support her."
The filmmakers are thankful that the subjects in “The Hunting Ground” agreed to participate in the movie, and believe that the victims’ voices can help people to consider the significance of college sexual assaults.
“I hope it radically changes the way our culture and our country views this issue and views these crimes,” Ziering said.