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Stories About Rape Matter

Even though the movement to end sexual assault on campus is running strong, rape remains a difficult topic to talk about. Inevitably, it brings up high emotions and debate often devolves into fear and hate. So, it is more important than ever that we have deep human stories about what it feels like to live through this experience. These stories support the hard and necessary work of activists by speaking to the hearts of their audience about why all this difficult talk and political action matters. For the past year and a half, I’ve been putting together a film that tells one such story.

At it’s core, Yeah Maybe, No is the story of Blake, a college student wrestling with the memory of a bad relationship and coming to terms with the fact that he was sexually assaulted. This is the story of what sexual assault looks like when it happens through psychological coercion rather than brute force. I was inspired to make this film because I lived through a similar experience, and because of the manipulative nature of the act, I blamed myself for far too long.