Top 6 Programs To Watch NOW About Sexual Violence And Rape Culture

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MTV’s Sweet/Vicious

ESPN labeled Sweet/Vicious as “The Best Show You Haven’t Been Watching.”  Its time to change that.

True Story: Sweet/Vicious brought me back to MTV after a 10ish year hiatus.  Yes, I am that person who is still pinning for the days when the bulk of MTV’s aired programs consisted of music videos/interviews along with this show called Real World.

I digress…..

According to the show’s website, “Sweet/Vicious is an offbeat superhero story about two girls, who never felt like they belonged, finding a home in each other… and trying to kick a lot of ass. Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) and Jules (Eliza Bennett) lead double lives as wannabe vigilantes hell-bent on bringing justice to those who get away with abuse on their college campus.” 

What they should also advertise in giant neon lights is that this is the first television series to ever portray the true realistic nature of sexual assault on U.S College Campuses. Ever.

The new MTV series just wrapped with a 2-hour Season Finale.  Don’t fret, you can watch on demand at MTV’s website.

Also, check out this in depth interview with the show’s creator, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson.

Netflix : The Hunting Ground Documentary

This is one powerful film. I am just going to let the above trailer speak for itself.

Lady Gaga sings the theme song.

Diane Warren wrote it.

‘Til It Happens To You’ was nominated for an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for “Best Original Song.”

Features Survivor Champions Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino, Founders of End Rape On Campus.

Created by Two-Time Academy Award Nominated Director Kirby Dick and Producer Amy Ziering

Speaking of ‘Til It Happens To You,’ Below is Lady Gaga’s performance at the 2016 Oscars. By far one of the most moving performances at the Academy Awards.

Netflix: Audrie & Daisy

This real-life drama tackles a myriad of modern day issues from sexual assault to victim-blaming to social media bullying.  This film really should be a requirement for every middle schooler across the country to watch (AND parent).  To help facilitate discussions, the filmmakers have created guides to go along with the film.

This is one incredible documentary that will give you never seen before perspective on how not just the survivor, but entire families/commuities deal with the aftermath of rape.

Netflix: Miss Representation

Miss Representation is a documentary that shines a spotlight on how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls.  This filmakers also provide guides and school resources to go along with the film.

MissRepresentation is not only a film but a non-profit social action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential.

Netflix: IT HAPPENED HERE

This multi-award winning documentary IT HAPPENED HERE explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change.

This film also hosts screenings across college campuses. Refer to their website for the scheduled times and dates.

In Select Theaters 2/10/17: I Am Jane Doe

Narrated by Academy-Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, I am Jane Doe chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on Backpage, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice.

I Am Jane Doe is a gut-wrenching human story and fresh look at a social and legal issue that affects every community in America.

50% of all profits from this project will be donated back to non-profit organizations which serve Jane Doe children.

List of upcoming screening times and locations HERE

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