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  • Grades 11-12

Transforming a Culture of Silence: Preventing Sexual Violence and Rape

Lesson Details


By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

● Define verbal and non-verbal consent

● Identify societal factors that enable silence, bystander behavior and complicity to be acceptable when sexual violence and rape occur

● Identify individual and collective steps to prevent sexual violence

● Explore the words and actions of upstanders in the film as prosocial models of prevention and action through structured dialogue groups

● Write out specific steps each person can take to inform, intervene and act to eliminate rape culture



English/Language Arts, Health, Media Studies, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Roll Red Roll and the crimes that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio have strong echoes in many current and historical periods and in literature. Some suggested texts include The Scarlet Letter, Their Eyes Were Watching God and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.


● Film clips from Roll Red Roll and equipment on which to show them

Handouts and Important Terminology List


● Lesson requires at least two class periods, 50 minutes each.

● Extended Learning requires one additional class period.

About the authors


Blueshift is a team of education specialists with background in environmental and social impact work. The team recognizes and builds on the power of documentary film in reaching broad audiences to spark energy for deep and lasting social change. The team works with filmmakers, photographers and writers to develop innovative educational strategies, experiences, tools and resources that bring stories off the screen and into viewers' lives.