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7 videos to change our perceptions of sexual assault

For Day 7 of the 16 days of activism, here are 7 videos that shed a new light on sexual assault. These videos challenge our perceptions, understanding, and the way we approach the issue as a society.

We hope you’ll watch some of them and share the ones that move you with a friend to help challenging how we perceive sexual violence as a culture. 

1. Jackson Katz on “Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue”

What’s it about?

This talk reframes the issue of gender-based violence. It gives us a better understanding of how we approach the issue as a society and how everyone, especially men, plays a part in preventing this issue. From sentence structure to words we use, Jackson Katz breaks down how we should look at gender-based violence.

Why watch it?

If you only have time for one of the 7 videos today, and haven’t seen this one yet, we recommend it as a way to orient yourself to the issue!

2. I’m an Assault Survivor

Content warning: This video describes experiences of sexual assault, rape, and intimate partner violence.

What’s it about?

This 4-minute video shares a series of first-hand accounts from survivors of sexual violence. They share their experiences and how they felt.

Why watch it?

It challenges our perception of sexual violence. You can’t tell who is a survivor by looking at them. The range of people and experiences shared illustrating that sexual assault is pervasive in our culture and can happen to anyone.

3. Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger on “Our story of rape and Reconciliation”

Content warning: This video describes rape and sexual violence.

What’s it about?

This talk is unique because it features both a survivor of rape and the person that raped her. They share each share their experience and what happened in the aftermath of the event. And how Thordis Elva, the survivor, contacted Tom Stranger years after the incident.

Why watch it?

This video sheds light on what it’s like to live with the experience of sexual violence after it happens. It’s a powerful video that gives us an honest look at the nuances and what it means to be a survivor and a perpetrator of violence.

4. Ione Wells on “How we talk about sexual assault online”

What’s it about?

Ione Well’s shared her experience of assault in a public letter published in her student newspaper. She added the hashtag #NotGuilty to the end of the letter, and to her surprise, it sparked a movement.

Why watch it?

While Ione Wells got a lot of positive responses and people who resonated with her experience. She also got a lot of negative reactions and shaming. She talks about how we challenge injustice both online and offline. And considers us to reflect on our responses to incidents of violence.

5. Kayley Dixon’s poem, “A Touch of Sexual Assault”

What’s it about?

At 14 years old, Kayley Dixon delivered a poem about what it’s like to be a girl in the world today. She so clearly describes how minor seemingly harmless acts such as boys picking on a girl to show you like them” slowly escalates into more serious instances of sexual harassment.

Why watch it?

Sometimes it’s easy to overlook or dismiss the small things. The poem highlights how we normalize behavior that is harmful to women, starting when they are only little girls. It makes us more aware of what to watch out for and what behaviors we should want to change.

6. Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault Reveal an Important Truth

Content warning: This video describes sexual violence

What’s it about?

Similar to video 2, this video is a collection of stories from survivors of violence. This video highlights the experience of survivors of violence.

Why watch it?

We won’t spoil it for you, but there’s a twist. It challenges gender norms and explores how survivors feel and tend to blame themselves.

7. Elisa Iannacone’s art exhibition “Spiral of Containment Rape’s Aftermath Exhibition”

What’s it about?

This is a brief look at Elisa Iannacone art exhibition featuring the stories of survivors of rape through photography. Her exhibit captures how survivors felt about their experiences. She translated the emotions and feelings into detailed scenes and visuals.

Why watch it?

Art can be a powerful medium for healing and change. We like this video because it helps highlight how people all respond differently and is a beautiful way to capture a difficult and painful experience. Elisa Iannacone hopes this exhibit will start a conversation and bring people together to stand against this type of violence.

Do you have any videos to add? Share with us in the comments! We’d love to see them.

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