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NCJ Number: 77466 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Victims - An Unblinking Look at a Growing Social Problem
Author(s): J MermeyMermey J
Corporate Author: WABC
United States of America
Project Director: J Mermey
Date Published: 1980
Sponsoring Agency: Media Guild
San Diego, CA 92121
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
New York, NY 10027
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

Media Guild
11526 Sorrento Valley Road
P.O. Box 881
San Diego, CA 92121
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Appropriate for high school, college, and adult audiences, this documentary, narrated by a woman who was a rape victim, explores the scope and significance of rape.
Abstract: A common crime, rape is being committed with alarming frequency each year. It robs its victims of all dignity, can cause lasting physical and emotional harm -- including phobias, paranoia, deep depression, guilt, shame, and even suicide -- and can split up couples and destroy families. The film begins with an informative historical and social analysis of rape, showing how since ancient times rape has been used by both warped individuals and groups in social situations where lawlessness overwhelms reason and mercy -- as in wartime and in concentration camps. The film points out that today's popular culture, illustrated in commercials, record covers, and even department display windows, portrays the humiliation or bondage of women as a chic and acceptable theme, though such depictions can traumatize people, especially adolescents. The remainder of the film is devoted to an examination of the various sorts of rape victims: women of all ages, children of both sexes, and male and female inmates of prisons and mental institutions. The final segment shows what women are doing to protect themselves from this crime, with a women's self-defense center in New York City used as an example. Here women learn prevention techniques adapted from karate which allow a small person to practice self-defense against a larger person. Clothing which has been adapted with concealable weapons is even demonstrated, such as a cap with built-in ball bearings for hitting an assailant. The audience is made to understand that rape is violence, and only incidentally sexual in nature. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Films; Personal Security/Self Protection; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Rape crisis centers; Rapists; Self defense training; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Victim-offender relationships; Victims of Crime; Violence
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