Rape - (1972) - A Documentary





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Published on Jul 14, 2015

Rape, a 30 minute documentary on the crime of rape. First broadcast on CBS in Los Angeles, December, 1972, it achieved the highest rating of any documentary in the history of Los Angeles television. Reprint: January, 1974, CBS in Los Angeles. It is considered the first major television program on the crime of rape.

Awards: Silver Gavel Award, national achievement from the American Bar Association; special Gavel Award Certificate; Ohio State Award, American Exhibition of Educational Radio Television Programs, the Institute for Education by Radio Television Telecommunications Center, Ohio State University; Associated Press Certificate of Merit.

Citation: Rape – How To Avoid It and What To Do About It If You Can't, by June and Joseph Csida (Books for Living).

Los Angeles Times: “The first and best report on the crime of rape ever presented on television…. Saltzman has an unerring ability to zero in on the flaws in the judicial process as well as public opinion. They refuse to be conned and refuse to con us.”

The Ohio State Award citation reads: “A moving correction of the misunderstanding perpetuated by myth and legal practice surrounding a high crime to the dignity of women.

The Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association reads: “In recognition and commendation of distinguished service in furthering public understanding of the inherent values of the American system of law and the administration of justice.”

Rape benefits from the same striking balancing of filmic skills, and once again testifies to
Saltzman’s genius for subjective documentation. The reverberations of rape, the during
- and - after psychological detail, the long - lasting consequences, are powerfully projected. Rape, like the other films in this group, belongs in the curriculum of all studies sand agencies addressed to the particular arenas. Both as a personal portrait and as a window on the problems of aging recipients of public welfare, Norman Corwin


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