In August 2012, true crime blogger Alexandria Goddard read a brief headline about two high school football players charged with sexual assault in Steubenville, Ohio. A former local, Goddard knew the city revered its high school football team, and her intuition suspected this story was bigger than the local news was reporting. After some in-depth social media sleuthing, Goddard untangled—and published—an elaborate web of time-stamped conversations, photos, and videos relating to the rape of a 16-year-old girl, flinging the story into the international spotlight. Immaculately polished and profoundly unsettling, ROLL RED ROLL documents the details of the incident as it unfolded and inevitably divided a city into victim blamers and individuals in support of the case’s Jane Doe. The film’s video footage of police interviews and conversations with Goddard, lead investigator Detective J.P. Rigaud, students, families, and local residents reveals the deep-seated differences society holds in regards to rape culture and to what lengths we will go to protect some at the expense of others.
Join us for a discussion on the question: What will it take to put a stop to rape culture?