Sexual Violence Resources
Unveiling the Silence:
NO! The Rape Documentary Study Guide
Created by Salamishah Tillet, Ph.D.
and Rachel Afi Quinn
With the Creative and Editorial Direction
of Aishah Shahidah Simmons,
Producer, Writer and Director of NO!
The Rape Documentary
Graphic Design by Kavita Rajanna
NO! Logo Design by Traci McKindra
Funded by the Ford Foundation
A tool for educators and workshop facilitators. This study guide may be used within a workshop, class session, or semester-long course. You may decide to screen the documentary film in its entirety or use segments integrated into a broader course addressing race, gender, and sexuality. Viewing the film in segments allows for discussion related to themed sections. You may choose to work through the study guide chapter by chapter, or use it as a jumping off point for student-led exercises or longer activities.
A tool for everyone. Our hope is that this study guide will be used as a companion to the film NO! by all individuals who are taking action in their communities to educate themselves and each other about rape and sexual assault. The film will get conversations going in your communities and on your campuses. You might host a screening of the film as a one-time event in your dorm, classroom, church, mosque, rape crisis center, shelter, correctional facility, living room, or in a community space, and facilitate a group discussion immediately following the screening or in the days following.
This 100-page guide includes:
• Producer/Director Statement
• Summaries of the different DVD chapters of NO! The Rape Documentary
• Excerpts from the transcribed testimonies of rape survivors and quotes from the documentary to spark discussion
• Myths and facts about rape and sexual assault so participants in discussions have relevant information regarding the truth about sexual violence and its impact
• A glossary of terms useful for talking about sexual assault in the African-American community
• Discussion questions about the subject of sexual assault to promote positive and informative conversations for participants
• Worksheets and handouts for participants to use to reflect on what they think they know about rape and sexual violence in their communities
• Additional essays on the role of religion in violence against women and the role of dance in healing sexual violence
• Production stills from the documentary.
• A bibliography of books, journals and articles on sexual violence
• A detailed listing of national organizations that address all forms of sexual violence
The entire content of this guide is protected under copyright law. Please feel free to use any part of this guide as long as proper credit is attributed to the source of your information.
To download your free copy of Unveiling the Silence: NO! The Rape Documentary Study Guide, http://www.notherapedocumentary.org/studyguide.html
For those experiencing violence in the United States, please contact one of the following numbers:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE (24 Hour Confidential Rape Hotline)
- National Victim Center: 800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
Operating 8:30AM-5:30PM EST, the NVC hotline helps locate assistance in your community if you have been the victim of a violent crime.