IT WAS RAPE
We all know rape is wrong, illegal, reprehensible—so why is it still so common? In this film, eight women recount their experiences with sexual assault—from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Tufts student raped by her boyfriend to a feminist editor in her thirties whose night out at a club becomes a nightmare. The result is an opportunity to empathize with people—not just absorb statistics—and, perhaps, to puncture some of the silence and the denial that allows sexual assault to thrive.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS FILM
“It Was Rape” is designed to raise consciousness around a common and deeply misunderstood trauma. When it is released in late 2012, it will be shown at colleges, universities, and high schools, as well as at any organization that contributes to an understanding of rape and how it affects all of us. It will be for sale on DVD for individual as well as institutional use.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This film is in post-production. The $17K raised will go to pay for approximately 10-14 days of final editing ($7500); licensing archival photos ($2500); sound mix ($3500); and printing/producing the resource materials that accompany the DVD ($1500).
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I’m a feminist writer, activist, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. I’ve authored 5 books (most recently F ‘em: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls) and written for The New York Times, Harper’s, The Nation, NPR’s All Things Considered, Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle, among other venues. In 2004, I launched an “I Had an Abortion” project, which featured a t-shirt and a documentary. The film was screened around the world and was the inspiration for the “It Was Rape” project. I live and work in New York City, and I was raised in Fargo, ND.