Straight Talk: The Truth about Alcohol and Sex
Running Time: 18 minutes
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Includes New Information Warning Teens about the Sexting Phenomenon.
Using a unique drama format combined with a documentary style, this video/print package memorably explores the all too common consequences of underage drinking and sexual misconduct. The drama centers around the aftermath of an underage drinking party, recreated through flashbacks of excessive drinking, loosened inhibitions, poor judgment and painful consequences. Stories include a basketball player who date rapes an acquaintance, a girl who binge drinks and loses her virginity to her boyfriend but can’t even remember it the next day, another girl finds herself the subject of “sexting” where risqué images of her were sent via cell phones to students in her school. The program gives viewers an all-too-real glimpse at how alcohol clouds thinking, hinders decision-making skills and creates a dangerous atmosphere for making wise choices.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts in digital format
Viewers will immediately be drawn into the experiences of the teens portrayed in this film. The action begins on the basketball court as Marcus, a high school senior almost guaranteed a college scholarship, teases Nick and Steve who have been in relationships for a while about not having "closed the deal" with their girlfriends. The young men express their comfort with "waiting." The scene cuts to an unsupervised underage drinking party at a student's house. Nick's girlfriend. Meghan, dances topless while another boy records her performance on his phone. Steve and his girlfriend retreat to his car where they have sex. Alexis goes to an upstairs bedroom with Marcus, but when she changes her mind, he rapes her. As a result of the night's events, Nick breaks up with his girlfriend, Steve's girlfriend breaks up with him, and Marcus is arrested for rape and loses his scholarship. Meghan is taunted by classmates when the recording of her dance is passed around during gym class. The teacher confiscates the phone and informs the photographer that he could be convicted of engaging in child pornography. While the resolutions are a little too neat, they don't sugarcoat the consequences of drinking and sexual misconduct. Statistics related to the results of drinking and sex are included between scenes, but the realistic vignettes are the most powerful elements of the film. An important tool to initiate classroom discussions.
- Constance Dickerson, Cleveland Heights/University Heights Public Library, OH
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