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RAPE PREVENTION Video / Educational Documentary


Uploaded on Aug 28, 2010

RAPE PREVENTION – Department of Defense. Department of the Army. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 – 02/28/1964). GIVES ADVANTAGES OF REPORTING THE CRIME OF RAPE IMMEDIATELY, TO GAIN PHYSICAL AS WELL AS EMOTIONAL HELP AND APPREHEND THE RAPIST. Producer: National Archives and Records Administration. Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal.


Rape Affects Everyone * Around the world at least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Most often the abuser is a member of her own family. (John Hopkins School of Public Health 2000) * 77% of rapes are committed by someone known to the person raped. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 1997) * According to the National Victim Center, 683,000 women are raped each year. (1992) * Only 2% of rapists are convicted and imprisoned. (US Senate Judiciary Committee 1993) * 6 out of 10 rapes are reported by victims to have occurred in their own home or home of a friend, relative or neighbor. (US Dept. of Justice 1997)


Rape and Ethnicity * Women of all ethnicities are raped: American Indian/Alaska Native women are most likely to report a rape and Asian/Pacific Islander women the least likely. (National Institute of Justice 1998) * Reported rape victimization by race is: 34% of American Indian/Alaska Native; 24% women of mixed raceWomen with disabilities are raped and abused at twice the rate of the general population. (Sobsey 1994); 19% of African American women; 18% of white women; 8% of Asian/Pacific Islander women. (Tjaden and Thoennes, National Institute of Justice 1998) * 80-90% of rapes against women (except for American Indian women) are committed by someone of the same racial background as the victim. (US Dept. of Justice 1994) * American Indian victims of rape reported the offender as either white or black in 90% of reports. (Department of Justice 1997)


At High Risk * In a 1999 longitudinal study of 3,000 women, researchers found women who had been victimized before were seven times more likely to be raped again. (Acierno, Resnick, Kilpatrick, Saunders and Best, Jnl. of Anxiety Disorders 13, 6.) * Women with disabilities are raped and abused at twice the rate of the general population. (Sobsey 1994) * Women reporting a combined childhood history of physical and sexual abuse report the highest rape rates. (Merrill, Newell, Gold and Millen, Naval Health Research Center 1997)


Rape and Gender * An estimated 91% of victims of rape are female, 9% are male and 99% of offenders are male. (Bureau of Justice Statistics 1999) * 93% of women and 86% of men who were raped and/or physically assaulted since the age of 18 were assaulted by a male. (National Violence Against Women Survey, 1998) * Sexual assault is reported by 33-46% of women who are being physically assaulted by their husbands. (AMA 1995)


Rape and Age * Among female rape victims, 61% are under age 18. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 1995) * 22% of females raped are under the age of 12 years; 32% are 12-17 years old; 29% 18-24 years old; 17% over 25 years old. 83% of those raped are under the age of 25 years old. (National Institute of Justice 1998) * Rape victims range in age from 4 months to 94 years. (National Institute of Justice 1998)






Rape Prevention Documentary / Educational Video






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FRONTLINE | Preview “Rape in the Fields” | PBS


Published on Jun 11, 2013

http://to.pbs.org/193SCtm Coming June 25, 2013. For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job.

FRONTLINE partners with Univision News—the award-winning news division of the leading media company serving Hispanic America, Univision Communications, Inc.—for “Rape in the Fields”/”Violación de un Sueño,” to uncover the hidden price that many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants, especially those who are undocumented, are paying to keep their jobs and provide for their families.

Watch on air and online beginning June 25 at 10 pm ET on PBS.





Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence


Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence


Dania’s Story

Dania was 27 years old when she came to the United States from India. Her husband was a U.S. citizen. After suffering harassment from her husband’s family, physical abuse at the hands of her husband, and his threats of deportation, Dania left her husband and sought shelter. On a “reconciliation trip” to India, he destroyed all of her documents including her passport. After obtaining a new passport and returning the U.S., Dania contacted an immigration attorney to assist her in getting out of the abusive relationship, and to seek assistance to petition to stay in the United States.



Recommendations for Working with Immigrant Women

Immigrant women are a diverse group and include women who have lived in the United States for one month, as well as women who have lived here for forty years. The immigrant woman who contacts you for help may have entered the United States as a refugee fleeing persecution in her country of origin, as a relative with family members in the United States, as a student, as a tourist, or as a worker seeking better economic conditions.


Shelters sometimes are concerned about the legal or funding consequences of serving battered immigrant women, particularly undocumented immigrant women. Some shelter providers mistakenly believe that it is unlawful to provide services to undocumented women. However, non-profit organizations are explicitly exempt from verifying immigration status as a condition for providing services. Further, any non-profit or government domestic violence services program or shelter that denies assistance to immigrants who are undocumented is violating the Attorney General’s order requiring that services “necessary for the protection of life and safety” be provided without regard to immigration status and is violating civil rights and fair housing laws.


In general, immigration status is not relevant to a battered immigrant woman using your program’s services. The fact that a woman may not be a U.S. citizen or lawful resident should not affect your ability to provide her with services. Her immigration status is only relevant for you to know if it may protect her from abuse, through knowing the risks she may be facing, and helping her become a permanent resident if she is eligible. To help a battered immigrant woman, you do not need to be an expert in the technicalities of immigration law. Your role as an advocate is to empower her by knowing the range of her options, and helping her find the assistance she needs. However, you should consult an immigration lawyer if you have determined that the victim’s immigration status is uncertain.


Newly arrived battered immigrant women whose immigration status is not permanently established – because they are undocumented, conditional residents, or here on visas – have special needs. Typically, their batterers control and manipulate their unsettled immigration status as a means of keeping them in abusive relationships. These women experience the complex intersection of domestic violence with their immigration status.


Their option to reside legally and permanently in the United States may have been restricted by domestic violence. Your role is to learn about possible options, assist battered immigrant women in accessing them, and respect the decisions they make. It is up to the immigrant woman to decide whether she wants to reside in the United States or return to her country of origin.


Resources for Working with Immigrant Women



The following describes, in more detail, some of the ways in which immigrant women are abused, although the experiences of individual victims will vary from case to case:

  • Lying about her immigration status.
  • Telling her family lies about her.
  • Calling her racist names.
  • Belittling and embarrassing her in front of family and friends.
  • Causing her to lose face.
  • Telling her that he has abandoned her culture and become “white,” or “American.”
  • Preventing her from visiting sick or dying relatives.
  • Lying about his ability to have the immigration status of his lawful permanent resident abuse victims changed.

Economic Abuse:
  • Forcing her to work “illegally” when she does not have a work permit.
  • Threatening to report her to INS if she works “under the table.”
  • Not letting her get job training or schooling.
  • Taking the money her family back home were depending upon her to send them.
  • Forcing her to sign papers in English that she does not understand — court papers, IRS forms, immigration papers.
  • Harassing her at the only job she can work at legally in the U.S., so that she loses that job and is forced to work “illegally.”

Sexual Abuse:
  • Calling her a prostitute or a “mail order bride.”
  • Accusing her of trying to attract other men when she puts on make-up to go to work.
  • Accusing her of sleeping with other men.
  • Alleging that she has a history of prostitution on legal papers.
  • Telling her that “as a matter of law” in the United States that she must continue to have sex with him whenever he wants until they are divorced.

Using Coercion and Threats:
  • Threatening to report her to the INS and get her deported.
  • Threatening that he will not file immigration papers to legalize her immigration status.
  • Threatening to withdraw the petition he filed to legalize her immigration status.
  • Telling her that he will harm someone in her family.
  • Telling her that he will have someone harm her family members
  • Threatening to harm or harass her employer or co-workers.

Using Children:
  • Threatening to remove her children from the United States.
  • Threatening to report her children to the INS.
  • Taking the money she was to send to support her children in her home country.
  • Telling her he will have her deported and he will keep the children with him in the U.S.
  • Convincing her that if she seeks help from the courts or the police the U.S. legal system will give him custody of the children. (In many countries men are given legal control over the children and he convinces her that the same thing will occur here.)

Using Citizenship or Residency Privilege:
  • Failing to file papers to legalize her immigration status.
  • Withdrawing or threatening to withdraw immigration papers filed for her residency.
  • Controlling her ability to work.
  • Using the fact of her undocumented immigration status to keep her from reporting abuse or leaving with the children.
  • Telling her that the police will arrest her for being undocumented if she calls the police for help because of the abuse.

  • Hiding or destroying important papers (i.e. her passport, her children’s passports, ID cards, health care cards, etc.)
  • Destroying the only property that she brought with her from her home country.
  • Destroying photographs of her family members.
  • Threatening persons who serve as a source of support for her.
  • Threatening to do or say something that will shame her family or cause them to lose face.
  • Threatening to divulge family secrets.

  • Isolating her from friends, or family members.
  • Isolating her from persons who speak her language.
  • Not allowing her to learn English or not allowing her to communicate in a language she is fluent in.
  • Being the only person through whom she can communicat in English.
  • Reading her mail and not allowing her to use the telephone.
  • Strictly timing all her grocery trips and other travel times.
  • Not allowing her to continue to meet with social workers and other support persons.
  • Cutting off her subscriptions to or destroying newspapers and other support magazines.
  • Not allowing her to meet with people who speak her language or who are from her community, culture, or country.

Minimizing, Denying, Blaming:
  • Convincing her that his violent actions are not criminal unless they occur in public.
  • Telling her that he is allowed to physically punish her because he is the “man.”
  • Blaming her for the breakup of the family, if she leaves him because of the violence.
  • Telling her that she is responsible for the violence because she did not do as he wished.





No Escape: Prison Rape (A Documentary)


Uploaded on Nov 23, 2007

This is a short documentary I came across while researching a school project. It was made in 2001 and it tells the story of 17 year old Rodney Hullin, who committed suicide in a Texas prison after being physically and sexually assaulted several times. I hope it opens the eyes of many to the problems of abuse and violence in america’s prisons today. It is not a very good quality video, but it will do.







NO! The Rape Documentary Trailer


Uploaded on Nov 13, 2006

Trailer for award-winning, ground-breaking documentary, explores the international reality of rape and other forms of sexual assault through the first person testimonies, scholarship, spirituality, activism and cultural work of African-Americans. Winner of an audience choice award and a juried award at the San Diego Women Film Festival, NO! also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center-the comprehensive center for information, research, and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention in the United States–designated screenings and discussions of NO! in community settings as the Featured Event during their 2007 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Campaign.







The Invisible War Official Trailer #1 – Kirby Dick Movie (2012) HD


THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our US military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.


Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. THE INVISIBLE WAR features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change.






The Invisible War: New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military


On the heels of a new military survey that the number of reported violent sex crimes jumped 30 percent 2011, with active-duty female soldiers ages 18 to 21 accounting for more than half of the of the victims, we speak with Trina McDonald and Kori Cioca, two subjects of “The Invisible War,” a new documentary that examines the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, which won the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.







England’s Gang Rape Epidemic


Uploaded on Jan 26, 2010

Documentary exploring gang rape by England’s immigrant population.







Cape of Rape – 54 mins


Published on Apr 29, 2012

Cape Town, South Africa is one of the rape capitals of the world. One in three women can statistically expect to be raped in South Africa in her lifetime. This harrowing documentary contains interviews with rape survivors who share their experiences in horrific detail. Not for the sensitive viewer.







Frontline World/ South Africa: Inside the Cycle of Rape


Uploaded on Sep 27, 2011

This short documentary shows a group of perpetrators of rape incarcerated in South Africa’s Pollsmoor Prison going through a rehabilitation program aimed at trying to change their thinking about rape, women and themselves.







I am a survivor of rape.


Uploaded on Jan 8, 2010

[This film is a Tabu sponsored project. The nonprofit is currently seeking submissions for a Rape Awareness Video Contest. $1,500 in grant opportunities. Details:http://TabuTalk.org/projects Deadline is July 1, 2011]


Four amazingly strong women tell their stories…

I produced this video after finding out two very close friends of mine had been affected by sexual violence. Feeling ignorant and naïve to the issue, my world was turned upside down. After an interview with a photo subject for my capstone I learned she too had been raped. I left the interview shaking, passed the safe haven of one friend, then drove to the other friends apartment. All three women were within a ¼ mile of each other. Immediately the skills my photojournalism degree has taught me were summoned. This project is the result.







RAPE – Christine Michelle – Documentary


Published on Jun 24, 2012

Warning Adult Content: My story of being Raped. Christine Michelle. Filmed by Nancy Daly. If you are a victim of Rape there are many support groups. Don’t suffer in silence reach out and get help.







Fourteen Days in May (Full documentary)


Published on Apr 24, 2012

Very sad to watch. A sick world we live in.

Fourteen Days in May is a documentary directed by Paul Hamann. The program recounts the final days before the execution of Edward Earl Johnson, an American prisoner convicted of rape and murder. Johnson protested his innocence and claimed that his confession had been made under duress. He was executed in Mississippi’s gas chamber on May 20, 1987.






Yes. It is a sick world we live in.









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17 replies »

  1. Great, comprehensive post, Mr. J.B. So many abused women (children and men) have no idea they are being abused, much like the Helsinki Syndrome. We now know that our military leaders and political leaders as well turn a blind eye to this. A change is coming.


  2. This is a very powerful post. Something is missing though. It isn’t as often as this, and gets laughed at

    Men can be raped by women. If a man says no, it means no. Even if the woman goes on and on and on. No still means no. If she then turns and starts doing things to him when he doesn’t want to – that is still rape. It is laughed at because it is assumed that every man wants it at every moment of every day.

    Whether it is a woman being raped by a man, a man being raped by a woman, a woman being raped by a woman or a man being raped by a man … IT.IS.WRONG


      • I am signed up for that but my only use of Google+ is my blog post automatically go there. How was your weekend?


      • Ah I see. It’s not been too bad. Had the kids which was a bonus – although my ex tried to throw a spanner in the works for me next week, but the kids know how to sort things teehee


      • Yes, divorce can be a pain, lucky for me, my ex thought I was such a bad husband, she wanted a quick fast and in a hurry divorce. I was blessed. 😆


      • My ex thought I was a bad husband too. Maybe I was. In fact I more than likely was. I didn’t give her all the time she wanted.

        However, her next husband gives her less time than I did.


      • Being a bad husband is relative. My first wife thought I was a magnificent husband, she past away in 2001. I did everything exactly the same as a husband to my second wife because thats who I am. Whats good for one wife may not be so good for the next wife.


      • Twindaddy – not sure if you read Stuphblog – put on a post yesterday about morals. Saying that some people have different morals. No one has “no morales” they have their own which may be the polar opposite of yourself.

        What I am trying to say is that each person is different and the effects you have on the, will be different.


    • I have heard of a few cases of female rape, and it usually gets turned around if it goes to court. It may seem funny cause most men DO want it all the time. I would guess NO MEANS NO in any and all instances.


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