Discussion on Sexual Violence and the Law with Film Director Nancy Schwartzman
When: 09/26/2019 — 12:00PM – 1:15PM
Where: McDonough 109, Georgetown University Law Center
Join the director of the powerful documentary Roll Red Roll to discuss and explore the legal aspects of a notorious assault case and reflect on the consequences of rape culture.
Film Summary: At a pre-season football party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. But it was the disturbing social media evidence uncovered online by crime blogger Alex Goddard that provoked the most powerful questions about the case, and about the collusion of teen bystanders, teachers, parents and coaches to protect the assailants and discredit the victim. As it painstakingly reconstructs the night of the crime and its aftermath, Roll Red Roll uncovers the engrained rape culture at the heart of the incident, acting as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way. The film unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”