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Resources for a Course on Sexual Violence

This file contains suggested resources for a proposed course on Sexual Violence.
The suggestions were offered on WMST-L in January 2009.  For more WMST-L files 
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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 10:19:06 -0500
From: Michelle N. Issadore <mii206 AT LEHIGH.EDU>
Subject: Sexual Violence course

I am developing a Sexual Violence course and am interested in others'
reading/film suggestions, activities, and syllabi. I plan to address
stranger and non-stranger rape and sexual assault, relationship abuse,
stalking, and harassment.

I am currently working with /Transforming a Rape Culture/; /Next Time She'll
be Dead, Battering and How to Stop It/; /The Macho Paradox/; and /Yes Means
Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape/, as well as
some articles such as Banyard on bystander intervention; Boswell and Spade
on rape culture; Fisher, Cullen, and Turner on  colleges; CALCASA on campus
stalking, etc. Anything you are willing to share would be much appreciated.


Michelle N. Issadore
Assistant Director
Lehigh University Women's Center
University Center, Room C201A
29 Trembley Drive Bethlehem, PA 18015
mii206  AT  lehigh.edu
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 10:46:27 -0500
From: "wompresses AT litwomen.org" <wompresses AT LITWOMEN.ORG>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
If you're interested in adding a component about the effects of violence and
trauma on learning....

visit: learningandviolence.net

WE LEARN also has a few copies to sell of Jenny Horsman's book -- Too Scared
to Learn (US sales only). If interested, visit:

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Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 07:50:40 -0800
From: Erin Graham <erinjoan AT SHAW.CA>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
Dear Michelle,
Take a look at the website of Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter:
www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca. This website represents 36 years of feminist
organizing to end male violence against women. You will find articles,
analysis, political actions and useful links as well, including to the
Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, the Canadian Association of
Elizabeth Fry Societies, and the World March of Women.
yours truly,
Erin Graham
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 09:54:28 -0600
From: M. Joan McDermott <joanmcd AT SIU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
Hi Michelle,
I don't teach a course on Sexual Violence, but one one Women, Crime, and
Justice.  My students liked reading /Lucky:  A Memoir /by Alice Sebold and
wrote some great papers.  If you don't know this book, it's good for
discussion of effects of victimization, criminal justice processing, and
many other things.  Plus it gives students a break from reading the more
academic research/theoretical material.  Also, the film /The Accused /is now
old enough that many of our students have not seen it.

M. Joan McDermott, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency, &
Corrections (CSCDC)
Director, Women's Studies
913 S. Oakland
Mail Code 6518
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL  62901
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:14:41 -0500
From: Stephanie Houghton <shoughton AT WMM.COM>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
Hello Michelle,

Women Make Movies had a collection of film resources on this subject and
you might find some useful. 

Here's some info and a link to the full list.

Ending the Silence: Films on Violence Against Women
Highlighting the extraordinary strength of women who survive sexual
assault, institutional disregard, domestic violence and more, these
films break the historical silence that has often surrounded issues of
violence against women. Inspiring and eye-opening, this collection
includes the WMM new release Finding Dawn, about the disappearances of
aboriginal women in British Columbia, Canada; Sundance award-winner The
Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo; the powerful 3 Times Divorced; the
critically acclaimed Sisters in Law; Academy-Award Nominee God Sleeps in
Rwanda; the bestselling Senorita Extraviada, and more.

Thank you!

Stephanie Houghton
Educational Sales & Marketing Coordinator
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway Ste 500
New York, NY 10013
email: sh  AT  wmm.com
website: www.wmm.com

>From cutting-edge documentaries that give depth to today's headlines to
smart, stunning films that push artistic and intellectual boundaries in
all genres, Women Make Movies (WMM) is the world's leading distributor
of independent films by and about women. WMM's Production Assistance
(PA) program helps American women directors get their stories on the
screen. For more info, please visit www.wmm.com.
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:16:10 -0500
From: Satoko Motohara <motohara AT MSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
My critical criminologist husband, Paul Leighton, teaches a Domestic
Violence and Sexual Assault grad course (syllabus at
and has developed an extensive website: stopviolence.com

Included in these websites are course syllabus with class activities, and
many anti-violence resources ranging from hate crime, domestic violence,
rape, teen dating violence, men stopping violence against women to
restorative justice and non-violence response you and your class might find


Satoko Motohara
Culture & Women's Health Project
College of Nursing
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
motohara  AT  msu.edu
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:56:20 -0800
From: Sharon P. Doetsch <doetschs AT YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
I recommend Martha McCaughey's book, Real Knockouts: The Physical
Feminism of Women's Self Defense.

I'd also recommend having some sort of self-defense
workshop/experiential component.

good luck,
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 21:41:53 -0500
From: Mandy Van Deven <mandyvandeven AT GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
I highly recommend "NO! The Rape Documentary" (
http://notherapedocumentary.org/) by Aishah Shahidah Simmons about sexual
violence in African American communities.

Some other topics that you may want to think of including: sexual violence
in the GLBTQ community, institutionalized forms of sexual violence (rape as
a weapon of war, sexual assault at the border and in prison, marital rape).

e: mandyvandeven  AT  gmail.com
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 23:02:59 -0500
From: glorandbil AT AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
I highly recommend "The Price of Pleasure," a new filom on pornography.
Even as we defend the "right" to use pornography, an informed view
recognizes the utiquitous images of violence against women.  The film
documents the misogyny of those who produce pornography, as well as recent
scientific evidence of what pornography portrays. For information contact
Alex ZPeterson at alex  AT  mediaedl.org.

Gloria Cowan
glorandbil  AT  aol.com
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 12:18:57 -0500
From: "Huebner, Lisa C" <LHuebner AT WCUPA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Sexual Violence course
I second the recommendation for No! It is great.It is also comes with
a teaching manual. It is produced in a way that lets you either show
the whole film or show parts depending on class time.
Lisa C. Huebner Ruchti, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
211 Main Hall
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA 19383
email: lhuebner  AT  wcupa.edu 

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