Educational Videos for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a great opportunity for educators to shine a light on sexual violence and take stock of the contributions of the #MeToo movement – especially in the wake of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s recent conviction on rape charges.
With that in mind, we’re highlighting a special selection of MEF videos that examine the cultural forces that contribute to sexism, sexual assault, and other forms of gender violence.
We especially want to call your attention to our bestselling recent release The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots. The film has been earning high praise from educators and leaders in the gender violence prevention field for zeroing in on how social norms – in particular normative ideas about manhood across race, class, and ethnicity – have perpetuated a culture of silence in the face of men’s sexual violence.
Our special selection of SAAM videos also includes a range of other titles that focus on how cultural norms, mainstream media narratives, and regressive political ideologies often undercut women’s sexual autonomy.
These titles include The Purity Myth, bestselling author and journalist Jessica Valenti’s devastating analysis of the accelerating right-wing backlash against women’s sexuality and autonomy; Flirting with Danger, media scholar Lynne Phillips’s exploration of the contradictory cultural messages young women receive about sexuality and sexual pleasure; and award-winning filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman’s The Line, a deeply personal account of the boundary between consent and coercion.
As the #MeToo movement continues to reverberate, there’s never been a better time to help raise awareness about sexual assault, rape culture, and the longstanding backlash against victims of abuse.