Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, each year, 207,754 men and women are victims of sexual assault and 54 percent of the instances were not reported to the police. With occurrences of rape this high, filmmaker and author Jennifer Baumgardner needs your help to end the silence through her forthcoming documentary film, “It Was Rape.”
Baumgardner is a Frisky contributor in addition to a writer, activist, and lecturer. Her books include Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, F’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls and Abortion & Life, all of which explore feminist issues. She also did the 2005 documentary “I Had An Abortion” with filmmaker Gillian Aldrich.
“It Was Rape” will be based around eight women recounting their own experiences of sexual assault, and, Baumgardner explained, hopes to “raise consciousness around a common and deeply misunderstood trauma.” With “It Was Rape” in post-production, Baumgardner still needs about $15K to reach her goal of $17K for the 10-14 days of final editing, licensing archival photos, sound mixing, and printing/producing resource materials.
To donate to the cause, you can visit her fundraising webpage on indiegogo.com, The “It Was Rape” Project.
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