Rape is a violent and traumatizing crime that inflicts life long damage on the victim. Even when the event is over, the psychological memory and sense of shame are haunting and crippling to most victims for many years, if not for life. Imagine how much worse the damage is when rape occurs on a college campus--an environment considered safe, privileged and protected, of pivotal importance in a young person’s life, offering the potential for growth, nurture and intellectual development. When universities are charged with nurturing these young lives only to dismiss, ignore, or disbelieve their allegations of rape, the damage is all the worse. Finally, universities often reveal by their actions that they deem the perpetrator more worthy of protection than the victim.
The Legacy of Campus Rape will be a series of dramatic psychological portraits of approximately 20 rape survivors from the past 30 years, accompanied by their stories.
Dr. Donna Potts—survivor and academic
Katherine Koestner—survivor and director Take Back the Night
Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale—survivor and academic
Carolyn Goessling—a student at MU who has never told her story
In addition to these essays and oral histories, there will be interspersed images in a more narrative vein that reframe traditional campus environments as sites of potential and hidden threat: dorm rooms, quads, gardens, parties, classrooms etc. The campus images will also provide a sense of the interior lives of women who have been traumatized by rape and can no longer see these campus environments as safe or places of nostalgic reminiscence.