Films series, guest speakers to focus on domestic violence, sexual assault

“Films and Conversations about Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in October at J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library, Graduate Research Librarian Polly McCord announced.

The films will be followed by discussions led by guest speakers in the Special Collections Room on the second floor of the library.

The schedule includes:

Oct. 7: “Private Violence,” where filmmaker Cynthia Hill examines the case of Deanna Walters, a survivor of spousal abuse who embarks on a crusade for justice. Speaker: Marta Pelaez, president and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services in San Antonio.

Oct. 14: “The Invisible War” is an investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Speaker: Dr. Jane Madison, a readjustment counseling therapist for the Veterans Administration Center.

Oct. 21: “Searching for Angela Shelton,” where Shelton, the filmmaker, searches across the country for other women with her name – and finds 70 percent of them have been victims of rape, incest or domestic violence. Speaker: Jennifer Tristan, director of education and training at the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center.

Oct. 28: “It was Rape” tells the personal stories regarding sexual assault of eight women of different ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Speaker: Kimberly Berry, public education coordinator at the San Antonio Rape Crisis Center.

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