|UNAFRAID: VOICES FROM THE CRIME VICTIMS TREATMENT CENTER|
|Crew: ||Screenwriters: Karin Venegas - Cinematographer: Eddie Venegas - Editor: Karin Venegas - Composer: Eddie Venegas
Four rape survivors and two pioneering feminists share their stories of trauma, resilience, and activism. A deeply personal documentary, UNAFRAID explores the impact of rape and the capacity of ordinary individuals to effect change.Marcia-Elizabeth. Karen. Sarah Jane. Dave. From South Africa to small-town Nebraska, these diverse four, like too many others, share the singular experience of sexual assault. Their stories converge in Manhattan at the Crime Victims Treatment Center where they now receive counseling. UNAFRAID provides an intimate exploration of rape trauma and the obstacles victims face to recovery. But above all it is a hopeful film, celebrating resilience and activism. Interwoven with the survivors' stories is a historic look back at the rape crisis center's founding by two pioneering women at the height of 1970s feminism. In her directorial debut, Karin Venegas turns the camera on her own mother and her mother's best friend, highlighting the work of two unsung heroes in the movement for victims' rights. Together, UNAFRAID's collage of voices aims to lift the stigma that traps victims in silence - and to remind its audience that social change is indeed possible.
Karin Venegas works full-time as Director of Development & Communications at the nonprofit Exploring the Arts, supporting arts education in urban public schools. Her artistic life began as a child acting in New York City's off-off Broadway theatre scene. She later graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (a.k.a. "the Fame school") and holds a BA in Sociology from Mount Holyoke College. Karin is certified by the NY State Department of Health as a Volunteer Victims Advocate and spent two years providing crisis counseling to rape and domestic violence victims in the emergency rooms of Manhattan's St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals.