GENERAL QUESTIONS TO BEGIN THE DISCUSSION:
Are there any thoughts, feelings or reactions that someone would like
Who do you identify with in the film?
Do you think this could have happened to you?
BIOS OF PARTICIPANTS AND UPDATES:
Eve Ensler: Playwright ("The Vagina Monologues"),activist and founder
of V-Day, an international organization dedicated to stopping rape worldwide.
Diane Rosenfeld: Teaches women's studies and legal issues at Harvard University.
She was a Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice in Washington.
Kathy Girod: Heads a research project at a leading cancer hospital.
Vednita Carter: Co-founder and Director of "Breaking Free" an organization
that helps prostitutes. Vednita experienced firsthand the coercion, trauma
and violence of the sex industry when she became involved in stripping
after answering an ad for dancers in her local paper.
Richard Ridlon: Currently out of prison and working full time.
Salamishah Tillet: Poet whose work "Do you know what rape feels like?"
provides the moving opening to the film. She co-produced a performance
piece on rape with her sister entitled "A
Long Walk Home" and is finishing her PhD in African American
Bok-dong Kim: Her testimony at the Vienna tribunal relates the horrors
of being enslaved as a Korean "Comfort Woman" to be raped by Japanese
soldiers in World War II.
OTHER DISCUSSION TOPICS:
and the Sex Trade
16 to 19 are three
and one-half times more
likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape
or sexual assault.
Source: National Crime
Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996.