Roll Red Roll: Rape, Power, and Football in the American Heartland

Hachette. Jul. 2022. 304p. ISBN 9780306924361. $29. CRIME
This powerful and compelling narrative covers the 2012 rape of a teenage girl by members of the Steubenville, OH, football team. Schwartzman, an award-winning filmmaker and human rights activist, spent three years in the Steubenville area researching and filming her 2018 documentary about the crime and subsequent trial. Using interviews, police records, trial transcripts, and social media posts, Schwartzman and her coauthor Zelevansky give readers an inside look at rape culture, victim blaming and shaming, and the need to provide comprehensive sex education. As the authors state, “rape is preventable,” but individuals and communities must work together to end toxic masculinity and rape culture. The book provides an extensive list of resources that can help bring about those changes.
VERDICT This first-rate book will appeal to anyone interested in feminism, women and gender studies, or criminal justice.
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