February 17, 2013 at 19:20

An Enemy in My Bed. Accusations of Marital Rape in Court


Original titel: „Der Feind in meinem Bett. Die Vergewaltigungsvorwürfe vor Gericht“


An own fireside gives one a feeling of security. Nonetheless, appearances are often deceptive: almost 60 percent of crimes against women take place in their own surroundings, because the perpetrator turns out to be a partner of the victim. Therefore, taking him to the court is a huge challenge. Mostly there are no witnesses and “it is his word against hers”.

The question regarding the victim’s credibility can become his/her considerable incrimination.

The FOCUS TV report shows the struggle of two women taking action against marital rape.

The partner of Manuela transformed from a lovely father into a cruel abuser, who raped her and threatened with a knife. Manuela had difficulties with making a decision about reporting him to the police. As opposed to her, Emma did not wait with her decision. After a successful escape from her offender’s (at that time boyfriend) flat, she was immediately seeking help with the police and made a complaint without any hesitation.
There are cases where women simulate being raped and in such situations men can become victims of false accusations. Michael. K was confronted with the accusations of marital rape during a fight for child custody between him and his ex-wife.

My contribution to this report

I found two main female characters and other people involved in their cases like the police, doctors or therapists and conducted castings with them.

I also wrote the script and film production schedule (consulted and approved by the editor-in-chief). Moreover, I organized the majority of video shooting permissions for locations like courts, hospitals or women’s support center, conducted interviews with the characters. Last but not least, I worked with another FOCUS TV reporter on the production and post-production of the film material.



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