Most rapes are committed by people the victims know—people they trust. Many times, rape is only the beginning of the ordeal, as victims deal with anger, guilt, and the harsh judgments of society. This compelling program is the latest from Arnold Shapiro, Emmy- winning producer of Scared Straight and the highly successful Teen Files series. Candid interviews present the stories behind three acquaintance rape cases.
Two young and vulnerable college freshman are raped by an orientation leader. A 15-year-old succumbs to peer pressure and alcohol in a motel room. And a serial rapist preys on young women in San Diego. Each story is filled with insight and useful information. Viewers learn positive steps to take in reporting and recovering from acquaintance rape. They discover prevention tips, as well as common tactics used by rapists. In addition, the social climate surrounding acquaintance rape is explored, both by young women and young men. Subtle messages like "women want it rough" are closely examined.
As the video ends, five victims of a serial rapist speak at his sentencing hearing. Their words touch on many strong emotions—fear of intimacy, lack of trust in others, and the pain of sharing their experiences with family members and spouses. One victim also expresses anger with the defense attorney, and society in general, for trivializing the anguish of acquaintance rape.
Open Caption, 29 minute DVD.