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University of Greenwich director, takes on topic of Rape

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She has already made films about mental health, racism, and poverty. Now Greenwich film student, Charlotte Josephine Taylor is making a film about rape.

Perversion of Justice is a short film consisting of main character Beth and her pursuit for justice after being sexually assaulted at a house party. Faced with an onslaught of hate, she is considered responsible despite being the victim of this situation. Through the film Taylor aims “to create change” and “support victims of rape”.

She was inspired by the recent American Brock Turner case, which, according to Stanforddaily involved the rape of an unconscious female student. In March 2016, Turner was charged on the account of three felonies. This case was her motivation in directing a film about rape and violence against women. To her it is clear “rape must be talked about now more than ever”.  Taylor “was inspired to make a short film with strong female characters about a strong subject.” She comments, “representations of women can be limiting in traditional forms of media, but the rise of online platforms such as Netflix has created an environment where a wide array of stories can be told”.

The film is a crowdfunded project, exploring issues Taylor is ready to dive into with prior experience making films “I am Woman” and “Virtual Control” about mental health issues; social economic issues and racism.  Charlotte has “directed a couple of shorts” with some falling through, yet regardless is “determined to create a successful film”.

While making the film, Taylor believes “it helped to imagine herself in the situation of a rape survivor, and says that “consent needs to be taught in schools to children at a young age”. She cites RapeCrisisUK statistics revealing that “1 in 5 women aged 16 – 59 has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.”  To her it is “victim blaming that is at the centre of our culture and this is why rape is not taken seriously. “We must keep in mind however, that these statistics are not truly representative, and exclude those who do not come forward”

Crowdfunding for Perversion of Justice will be created at the end of this year, followed by the online campaign. Like their Facebook Page: Here