USC Upstate, Safe Homes Rape Crisis Center Partner on Film Screening, Panel Discussion

February 6, 2015 at 11:16 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate and Safe Homes Rape Crisis Center have partnered to offer a screening of Jennifer Baumgardner’s documentary, “It Was Rape.”

The film screening is open to the public and will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, February 9 in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom. A panel discussion will follow and will include members of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Seventh Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Officers from USC Upstate’s Department of Public Safety and Counseling Services also will be present.

The film tells the stories of eight women – from a Midwestern teenager trying alcohol for the first time to a Native American woman gradually coming to terms with her abusive childhood – and how sexual assault affects us all. Gripping and emotional, this film is an opportunity to empathize with people – not just absorb faceless statistics – and to puncture the silence and denial that allow sexual assault to thrive.

Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the executive director/publisher at The Feminist Press at CUNY. After five years as an editor at the feminist magazine, Ms. (1993-1997), Baumgardner began writing investigative pieces for Harper’s and The Nation, commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered, and contributing to magazines such as Real Simple, Glamour, Redbook, Babble, Harper’s Bazaar, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle.

Baumgardner is the author of five books: Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics,” “Abortion & Life,” and the essay collectionF ‘em! Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls,” as well as two best-selling books about feminism written with Amy Richards — Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future” and “Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.” She is the co-editor, with Madeleine Kunin, of “We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality.” In 2002, Baumgardner and Richards founded Soapbox, Inc., a speakers’ bureau that also produces week-long Feminist Camps and Intensives. Soapbox and its projects connect people hungry for feminism with resources and with one another.

For more information on these events, call Katie Howe at (864) 503-5536 or by email at The event is free and open to the public.