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College student's anti-rape video goes viral after Steubenville case

Posted by Your Town  March 28, 2013 08:44 AM

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An anti-date rape video made by a University of Oregon film student has gathered more than 1.7-million views.

On her You Tube page, student Samantha Stendal addresses the video "To the Steubenville rapists...or any rapists out there,'' a reference to the date rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. It is called "A Needed Response.''

“I was reading so much on the victim-blaming and ‘rape culture,’ ” Stendler told Globe columnist Joanna Weiss. “I needed to see something positive on the Internet . . . And I knew that I could make something.”

The punch line: “Real men treat women with respect.”

Weiss called it "The most concise, useful addition I’ve seen in awhile to this old, sad conversation about alcohol, sex, and safety.''

"We all need to treat one another like decent human beings," Stendal told the New York Daily News. "My video was a direct response to the Steubenville rape case. But even though my video is of a guy and girl, I want it to relate to anyone. No matter what your gender, you should treat one another with respect."


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