The short film we watched in class was a very interesting look at rape. What happened to the girl in the movie is something that many women experience; although, most people think of stranger rape as being the main type of rape. I think this case would likely go to court because both parties were intoxicated; therefore, the woman could not legally give consent. Jen, who was raped, said she did not want to have sex numerous times and was also held down by Chris during the rape. However, Chris did not think he was doing anything wrong based on what he perceived as signs for her wanting to have sex. It is difficult to say whether or not Chris would be found guilty based on the evidence they have.
There were many people who witnessed the events leading up to the rape; however, I’m not sure that this would work in Jen’s favor. They were dancing closely for much of the night and also shared a consensual kiss. Another thing I think many people would have a hard time with is that she went to his room willingly. While this is no excuse for rape, many individuals in our society would use it as one. Even one of Jen’s good friends used this against her. It would surprise me if a defense attorney did not use this to excuse Chris’s behavior.
The film did an excellent job of showing how people can perceive events differently. According to Jen, she was clear about not wanting to continue and was quite vocal that she wanted to stop. From Chris’s perspective, he did not rape Jen. He though that she was “playing hard to get” and the she “knew what she was doing”. Also, in his version of the events she initiated the kiss. In our society, the way we believe women and men respond sexually has clearly contributed to the events that occurred at this party. Women are not supposed to give in automatically because people will perceive them as promiscuous which has a negative connotation; they are supposed to say no and let the man work for it. Men are supposed to be aggressive and go after women; clearly, to Chris, this is what he was doing.
I particularly enjoyed Chris’s friend who was defending Jen. He explained the opposite side of the situation and told him that not every girl is looking for sex. He also made it clear that he does not push the issue if the girl does not seem into having sex. Chris’s other friend was surprising, especially when he said that Jen deserved what she got. While this is a common thought for some men in our society, it is still shocking to hear. Also, it seems that Jen’s friend who pointed out that she went up to his room and she should have known what she was getting into, would be a common response for a lot of people in our culture.