Given the topic and the impact this subject may have on individuals who watch this film, you are encouraged to consider the following guidelines when presenting this film:
- Consider if the audience is mature enough to watch the film and process the subject matter.
- Before showing the film, inform the audience about the content and acknowledge that it may be very difficult to watch the film.
- Explain that the stories in the film are from interviews of persons from across the United States.
- Point out to the audience that there is the possibility some members in the audience may be victims/survivors of sexual violence themselves, and/or have family or friends who are victims/survivors, and for those persons this film may impact them in a unique way.
- Give permission to all of the audience members to excuse themselves at any time if it is too difficult to watch the film.
- Ask the audience to commit to not make assumptions or draw conclusions about anyone who does leave during the viewing or is noticeably impacted.
- Have skilled persons, such as a therapist, counselor, or pastoral personnel available for individual response and support to persons who have such a need and inform the audience of their availability. Arrange for private space(s) for the person and counselor to meet that is nearby your viewing location.
- Provide information to each audience member about local and national resources for victims/survivors of sexual violence, reporting sexual violence, and other educational sources about the topic.
- Consider the need to process the film afterwards with the audience. When doing so, consider the benefits of allowing time for persons to engage in silent reflection, discussion in pairs or groups of three, small groups, and/or as a large group.
- We also ask that you acknowledge the Avon Foundation for Women who funded this important project.