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2010.03.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Public Screening of Rape Documentary ‘The Line’ is April 20

Omaha - In an effort to continue an open dialogue about sexual assault and rape, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), YWCA Omaha and Methodist Health System have teamed up to host a free public screening of “The Line,” a 24-minute documentary about Nancy Schwartzman’s experience after being raped.

In the film, Schwartzman, the film’s director, confronts her attacker and records the conversation with a hidden camera. In “The Line,” sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice and accountability. The film asks – and attempts to answer – the question: Where is the line defining consent? “The Line” is a personal documentary that explores consent from a sex-positive point of view.

Schwartzman is a graduate of Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn.

The public is invited to a free screening of “The Line” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 at the Josie Harper campus of Nebraska Methodist College, 720 N. 87th St, in room Clark 3218. Free parking is available on the north side of the building. Attendees should enter through the building's revolving door and take the elevator to the third floor.

UNO is hosting the event to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Because of the nature of the film, attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Following the film, attendees are invited to participate in a question-and-answer session featuring the following panelists: Nancy Schwartzman, the film’s director; Anne Potter, YWCA Omaha; and Lindsay Novak, Methodist Health System. Ellen Freeman-Wakefield of YWCA Omaha will serve as moderator.

Staff from the UNO Counseling Center will also be available should attendees have questions or concerns after watching the film.

“Formerly a wild, outspoken and fierce young woman, I sank into silence after my sexual assault,” Schwartzman said. “I was blocked, stunned, confused and angry. After this event, my life took a drastic turn, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to film it. I kept quiet. When I finally did gain the courage to speak, I was directly and indirectly blamed for what happened. ‘The Line’ is an intensely personal film. I felt compelled to tell my story when it became clear that as a sexual woman, who is not ‘a perfect victim,’ I would be blamed for what happened.”

Using “The Line” and the newly launched The Line Campaign to spark dialogue, viewers are invited to discuss complex scenarios about healthy relationships and sex, Schwartzman said.

RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) estimates the following statistics on sexual abuse:

• One in six women – and one in 33 men – will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.
• College-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted.
• Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
• In 2007, 248,300 victims reported sexual assault; yet 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

Visit www.whereisyourline.org for more information about “The Line” and to view a trailer of the film. For more information, call Melodae Morris, YWCA Omaha, at (402) 345-6555.

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