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NCJ Number: 72884 Find in a Library
Title: Why Men Rape
Corporate Author: National Film Board of Canada
United States of America
Project Director: R Kroitor
Date Published: 1979
Sponsoring Agency: Learning Corporation of America
New York, NY 10019
National Film Board of Canada
New York, NY 10020
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: Learning Corporation of America
1350 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Produced for high school and college students, this Canadian documentary film analyzes rape from the perpetrator's viewpoint.
Abstract: Interviews with 10 convicted rapists, now in prisons or psychiatric hospitals, reveal that they come from all age levels and represent a variety of social and educational backgrounds. The film investigates the phenomenon of 'social rape,' which involves people who know each other socially. In social rape, the victim often trusts the man who assaults her. Most victims of social rpae do not report the incidents. The cases discussed by the 10 rapists differ from social rape in that the rapists did not know their victims. All of their raping experiences involved extreme violence. Rape is defined as forcing a woman into a sex act against her will by using physical and/or mental intimidation. The victim is so terrorized that she becomes afraid to resist. These men's reasons for raping stem from feelings of rejection, real rejection, emotional insecurity and immaturity, brutality experienced during childhood, and an unloving or emotionally sterile home environment. The film discusses specific crimes, the reasons the men committed them, and how the men were caught. The film points out that rape is an act of hate in which the rapist tries to degrade the woman. Several students also discuss their attitudes and feelings about sex, social encounters, and rape. The audience can compare these views with those of the rapists. Suggestions for preventing rape include more open discussion of sex in the family, in school, and in mixed groups; more sharing of feelings about sex and sex problems with others; and helping children grow up without contempt for themselves so that they will see each person as truly worthwhile. A film guide is provided.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Rape; Rapists
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