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Gender-based Violence & Pornography

Rape by Any Name.

Examines the issue of acquaintance rape with candid interviews with rape survivors, counselors and male and female college students. Boundaries and definitions are explored between consentual and coercive sex. 1990. 60 min.

Rape Culture

Considers the phenomenon of rape in relation to the cultural and social forces that produce rapists and rape victims. Includes the opinions of convicted rapists, rape crisis center workers, and others associated with the problem. c1983. 35 min.
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Rape in the Ranks: The Enemy Within

This documentary explores the issue of sexual harrassment and rape of women in the United States military. The Pentagon has acknowledged receiving 3,000 reports of sexual mistreatment in one year alone. These female soldiers were not attacked by the Afghan or Iraqi "enemy," but by colleagues in their own platoons and sometimes by their own superior officers. Each year the number of reported sexual assaults has skyrocketed but not the number of convictions: only 2% of accused rapists are ever court-martialed. A film by Pascale Bourgaux. 29 min.

Rape: Face to Face.

A documentary presenting a face to face confrontation between 4 rape victims and 4 convicted rapists as part of a treatment program for sex offenders. c1982. 57 min.

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An ironic portrait of the American man and his stubborn sexual chauvinism. Filmmakers Lucy Winer and Paula de Koenigsberg used amazing interviews with a wide variety of men to reveal the deep rooted sense of machismo and the sexual double standards at work in our culture today. c1985. 57 min.

Rule of Thumb: Order of Protection.

Missouri's Adult Abuse Act allows women to obtain an order of protection in two short court procedures. Five abused women and various police and court personnel explore the dynamics of abusive relationships. The film also provides a checklist for a woman to use when making a safety plan for herself and her children. 1989. 26 min.

Sandra's Garden.

This program is a powerfully honest and intimate look at one woman's struggle to overcome the trauma of incest. It is a story of healing; of how women can work together to reshape and rebuild their lives. It is a testament to the courage, beauty and hopefulness of all survivors who are struggling to overcome the emotional devastation and physical pain of their childhood. 1993. 34 min.

Searching for Angela Shelton

Filmmaker Angela Shelton sets out on a journey to meet every other Angela Shelton in America and through them survey the early 21st Century thoughts of American women. What she wasn't prepared for was learning that, like herself, 24 out of 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to had been raped, beaten or molested. Then there was an Angela Shelton who tracked sexual predators and just happened to live in the same town as the filmmaker's father who molested her and her step-siblings for years.

Sex, Ties and Lots of Videotapes

A look at the Los Angeles' most successful porn companies, including how highend porn is produced, how the business is carried out, both on the sets and at the distribution level, and how much money is spent and earned. Includes excerpts from such directors as Michael Ninn, Philip Mond and James Avalon, with a concluding statement by Larry Flynt. A documentary by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman. 2006. 24 min.

Sin by Silence

From behind prison walls, the film reveals the lives of extraordinary women who advocated for a future free from domestic violence. Inside California's oldest women's prison, the first inmate-initiated and led group in the U.S. prison system was created by inmate Brenda Clubine to help abused women speak out and realize they are not alone. Over the past two decades, the women of CWAA, Convicted Women Against Abuse, have changed laws for battered women and raised awareness for those on the outside.