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NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 15, No. 4, April 1985 - Page 9. April 1985. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 20, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/2073/show/2062.

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Title NOW News Bay Area Chapter, Vol. 15, No. 4, April 1985
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Transcript WLW JOURNAL NEWS-VIEWS-REVIEWS FOR WOMEN AND LIBRARIES vol.* ,9 Rape/Crisis, winner of several awards is an impressive docudrama of the aftermath events of an incident of rape. The victim's story unfolds through interactions with her boy friend, her roommate and the legal and health workers she must deal with in pursuing both emotional recovery and social retribution. These scenes are skillfully intercut with tremendously informative sequences of the training program at the rape crisis center which assists the victim. The film shows considerable insight and sensitivity to the stresses and strains on the protagonist stemming from her own psychological orientation as well as from the external pressures and demands of her intimate relationships and cultural assumptions. The trauma of the experience coupled with the informed and continuous support given by the crisis center worker (who happens to be male) concerning her personal and legal rights propels her development as a self-determining individual. She emerges from a self-doubting woman, submissive and subservient, to one who recognizes her desires and needs. She begins to act independently and assertively in dealing with this crisis and, ultimately, her life. Though these happenings are dramatized based on real events, they are presented with great realism and no sensationalism or pretension. The acting is remarkable and extremely moving. Through the training center sequences, sexist myths about rape are exposed: rape is an issue of violence and control, not of sexual needs; women do not bring rape on themselves; rapists are products of a macho culture -- the extreme embodi ment of accepted male behavioral patterns. These facts are mirrored in the dynamics of the characters in the film. The conflicts between the protagonist and her boy friend can be seen as a muted everyday version of the rape dynamic — men taking power and control over women's lives. The supervisor of the rape crisis center, which is actually located in Austin, Texas, is presented as someone with great strength and humanity. She asserts the need for men's involvement in the training program in order to help dispel sexist myths about rape and communicate to other men the bankruptcy and danger of the macho ethic. Though describing the rapist as a product of sexist society, she takes a firm stand in supporting the exposure and prosecution of the rapist, even in this case where the rapist is an acquaintance of the victim and en outwardly "normal" member of society. (The film aJso touches on a more brutal incident of pathological rape which is as effectively handled as the rest of the film). It is hard to imagine a better film for both educating intervention workers and giving sustenence to rape victims. In showing the basis of rape in the norms of our culture it makes important viewing for everyone. The entire production, written and directed by Gary McDonald, keeps the viewer intensely involved and is never once pedantic, moralistic, or tedious. Within a humane and realistic context it presents a constructive and tough approach to dealing with a phenomenon that haunts all women's lives. --Isobel Schneider The 90 minute film will be shown on April 18 at 7:00pm, in room 200 of San Jacinto College South Campus, 13735 Beamer Road. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion by such experst as Dr. Nikki Van Hightower, Director of the Houston Women's Center and Casandra Thomas, Director of the Bay Area Rape Crisis Center. This is a film that must be seen by all of our members nd their family and/or friends. -9-