Films That Brilliantly Put The Consent Debate To Rest


The reason that Pink struck a chord with all that watched it, is because the film spoke about something that we’ve all felt and witnessed in our lives. It was because it finally addressed the fact that when someone says ‘no’, regardless of your relationship with them. And if that’s a message that you feel strongly about, then you will certainly enjoy these films as well.
1. The Accused (1988)699323871 597616842The Accused is a 1988 American drama film written by Tom Topor and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. The film was loosely based on the 1983 gang rape of Cheryl Araujo in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and the resulting trial, which received national coverage. This is the story of a woman who was brutally gang-raped by three men in a bar. When she looked to the legal system for justice, she was only met with questions about her own character – given that she was at a bar, dressed ‘provocatively’ and drunk. The film tracks her fight against the way her actions were twisted. Sarah is hospitalized after she rammed a pickup truck, recognizing its driver as one of the witnesses from the bar, and being outraged by his crude proposition of her.
2. When He’s Not A Stranger (1989)360903593 398023038A young college student is raped and brutalised by none other than her best friend’s boyfriend. When He’s Not a Stranger is 1989 American Made for TV crime drama film, starring Annabeth Gish and John Terlesky about a college freshman who is sexually assaulted by a football jock. She tries hard to keep the incident a secret out of shock and embarrassment, but after repeated threats from the perpetrator and his football teammates, she looks for help. It sums up the ordeal that rape victims experience and the sexual assault on college campuses. However, the school authorities treat her allegations with outrageous scepticism on the grounds that she ‘knew’ the guy.
3. A Case Of Rape (1974)9585755 651598737A Case of Rape is a 1974 American made-for-television drama film starring Elizabeth Montgomery and Ronny Cox. When her husband is away for work, a married woman is raped in her own home by a man she met at night classes and thought to be harmless. The film tells the story of a wife and mother who is raped twice by the same man. The blame and suspicion that she is treated with during the investigation and trial, is painful to watch her ordeals dealing with the actual rape and her subsequent dealing with the police and the trial.

387236948The mere directness with which Pink and the films mentioned above, discuss the fact that no matter what an individual is, does, or says, they’re literally never ‘asking for it’

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