|No Safe Place: Violence Against Women|
Making the Most of No Safe Place
Women learn early on that they must work at being safe. They know that there are some things they cannot -- or rather, should not -- do, some places they should not go. Women feel at risk because they are. They understand too well that there is no safe place, not even in the homes where they live. An alarming amount of violence is targeted at women. By U.S. Justice Department estimates, three out of four women will be the victims of some kind of violence in their lifetime. According to Senator Joseph Biden, "the single greatest danger to a woman's health is violence from men." When pushing for the law to punish violence aimed at women Biden said, "something is sick in our society."
No Safe Place: Violence Against Women, goes behind the headlines and statistics to explore the origins of violence against women. The vast majority of men do not hurt women, but almost all violence committed against women is at the hands of men. This documentary film includes interviews with the victims of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence. It also includes interviews with perpetrators and with many nationally renowned experts who give insight into why some men are violent.Program Format
No Safe Place consists of one 60-minute program with an intermission included, so that the program may be shown over two class periods. The first segment tells women's stories and goes into the historical, biological, sociological and cultural origins of men's violence against women. The second segment tells the stories of men who hurt women, and examines what factors cause individual men to behave violently. It also looks at solutions to this kind of violence.Suggestions to Enhance the Impact of No Safe Place in the Classroom
Using the information gained before and during the video, a number of activities are possible:
No Safe Place: Violence Against Women is made possible in part by a grant from the Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation and the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. The documentary is a production of public television station KUED in Salt Lake City, Utah.