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This edition: Seeing Rape: Student playwrights address the taboo

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 19, 2017.

First aired: October 3, 2017.

Sexual violence is one of today’s hot-button issues, but all too often the word “rape” is uttered in whispered tones. John Jay College is hoping to bring the subject out of the shadows with the country’s first college-level course examining how rape is addressed in our media-heavy culture. Criminal Justice Matters host Stephen Handelman discusses the course, which ends with an evening of student-led theater called “Seeing Rape,” with Professors Shonna Trinch and Barbara Cassidy. Guests also include two of the student playwrights, Marell Ellis and Anna Giannicchi, who are part of the Sexual Justice program—soon to launch across NYC with high-school and college students to raise awareness on how to have healthy, safe relationships.

Guest List

Prof. Barbara Cassidy Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Marell Ellis Student Playwright, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Anna Giannicchi Student Playwright, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Shonna Trinch Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies Program, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY