This documentary-style program presents the legal, medical, psychological and sociological facts about rape. Doctors, judges, social workers, detectives, victims’ rights advocates, self-esteem experts, and rape survivors all contribute information, perspective, and analysis of this all-too-common crime. Among the compelling facts: an act of rape or sexual assault occurs in our nation nearly once every two minutes. More than half of all rape victims are under the age of 18. Most sexual assaults are NOT committed by strangers, but by someone whom the victim knows. This video explains that “date rape” is just as much a crime as other sexual assaults. Information is provided about the links between drugs, alcohol, and rape. Specific, practical guidelines for how to protect against rape and date rape are presented. Law enforcement professionals, medical personnel and psychologists take viewers on a step-by-step investigation of where, how and why rape occurs with the goal of informing viewers of the risks and providing strategies to avoid rape. Students will meet a woman whose unbelievable act of bravery put one rapist behind bars for good. And, a former NFL Quarterback now teaches young men a whole new set of attitudes about themselves and about their behavior towards women. This program is a must-see for all high school students.
video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Telly Award Finalist
Recommended With almost half of all rape victims reportedly in their teens at the time of assault, it seems a good idea to target that audience for a frank discussion of all aspects of the issue. This documentary and its accompanying workbook shine a light onto a subject that might still be considered in the dark in terms of the general misconceptions and societal avoidance of its victims, particularly among young people. With its stated aim of helping teens “avoid experiencing this life-changing trauma and challenging the attitudes and behaviors that contribute to rape in our society,” this video covers both macrocosmic and microcosmic views of rape, especially that most common variety, acquaintance rape.
The courageous personal accounts of young women victims help to dispel misconceptions, while the interviews with former football player/advocate Don McPherson strive to correct mistaken attitudes toward girls among boys. In addition, the documentary includes interviews with rape counselors, physicians, police detectives and judges. This film would make a good addition to collections for high school teachers and counselors.