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When she was 23 years old, Janey was sexually assaulted by her best friend. When she told her friends what he'd done, they acted as though the assault never happened. It was this unspoken thing, that had great impact on her whole adult life. Twelve years after the assault occurred, she realized she needed to understand it. What could possibly explain her friends’ lack of reaction to the news that she had been sexually assaulted by someone they knew? So, she asks them. “This Happened,” is a five part series, where you’ll hear those conversations. You’ll learn why her friends did what they did. Their answers are personal and painful, but they paint a broader picture of how rape culture works, how pervasive it is, and the damage it can do.

When she was 23 years old, Janey was sexually assaulted by her best friend. When she told her friends what he'd done, they acted as though the assault never happened. It was this unspoken thing, that had great impact on her whole adult life. Twelve years after the assault occurred, she realized she needed to understand it. What could possibly explain her friends’ lack of reaction to the news that she had been sexually assaulted by someone they knew? So, she asks them. “This Happened,” is a five part series, where you’ll hear those conversations. You’ll learn why her friends did what they did. Their answers are personal and painful, but they paint a broader picture of how rape culture works, how pervasive it is, and the damage it can do.
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When she was 23 years old, Janey was sexually assaulted by her best friend. When she told her friends what he'd done, they acted as though the assault never happened. It was this unspoken thing, that had great impact on her whole adult life. Twelve years after the assault occurred, she realized she needed to understand it. What could possibly explain her friends’ lack of reaction to the news that she had been sexually assaulted by someone they knew? So, she asks them. “This Happened,” is a five part series, where you’ll hear those conversations. You’ll learn why her friends did what they did. Their answers are personal and painful, but they paint a broader picture of how rape culture works, how pervasive it is, and the damage it can do.

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English

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Episodes

Episode 1: This Happened

10/3/2018
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Janey takes us through the story of a beautiful friendship that took an unhealthy turn, and ended in tragedy. In this episode, we learn exactly what happened the night of the assault, and we come to understand that it was the aftermath of the assault that would take the biggest toll.

Duration:00:15:55

Episode 5: Into the Light

10/3/2018
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After talking it out for hours, Nichole and Anthony come to terms with the assault for the first time. Accountability becomes the question that everyone must wrestle with: Was there any in this case? Should there be? If so, what should it look like? What is its importance? And Janey explores the bigger picture – why all this matters.

Duration:00:28:57

Episode 2: "Misunderstanding"

10/3/2018
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Janey’s friends have a difficult time acknowledging that the assault happened. And they reveal the many coping mechanisms that allow them to distance themselves from it. Janey’s friend, Nichole, has an epiphany.

Duration:00:24:31

Episode 3: Silence

10/3/2018
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Janey’s friends describe the things that made a friendship with Mathew special, offering another explanation for why they maintained relationships with him. But we discover that there was also an overwhelming sense that the correct thing to do, was just not to talk about it. And we see the way this avoidance of awkwardness and drama worked to cover up the assault.

Duration:00:23:33

Episode 4: Pity for the Perpetrator

10/3/2018
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Once the news of the assault is made public, Janey’s friends and family describe feeling a surge of pity for Mathew, the perpetrator, and an instinct to protect him. Janey’s mother argues that it is the woman’s responsibility to avoid rape. And we learn that victim blaming doesn’t always sound the way we expect it to.

Duration:00:24:11

Trailer

9/29/2018
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Listen to trailer for "This Happened".

Duration:00:03:54