The International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Document 9, which takes place in Glasgow between the 20th and 23rd October, will include a screening of "Silence", a short documentary film narrated through personal experience of partner rape, and revealing the wider implications of rape myths.
Sharon, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology explains the prevalence of acquaintance rape, countering the common myth that all rapists are strangers. She also explains that only a minority of victims receive justice.
Joanne has worked directly with victims and thinks victim stereotypes are dangerous. She illustrates that false stereotypes around how victims can act can lead to survivors of acquaintance rape being routinely disbelieved and blamed for their abuse.
The mother and sister of a rape survivor talk directly about their experiences with public and police reactions, talking about the damage that rape myths can cause.
"Silence" will be screened on 21st October in the Clubroom at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow between 11am and 12 noon. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, Laura Connett the filmmaker, and Sandy Brindley from Rape Crisis Scotland.
For more information about Document 9 see http://documentfilmfestival.org.
Published: 5th October 2011