Twenty-five percent of women in Germany will experience physical and/or sexual violence. One in five women and one in thirteen men in the United States will be raped at least once in her lifetime. More than 1 in 10 girls worldwide have experience forced sexual acts. Most commonly not, as many think, from instable and asocial strangers attacking them in the dark, but from friends, boyfriends and family members who are often respected and well-liked people. In her talk, Tanneberger will speak about the misperception of rapists as villains and other popular misconceptions about sex and sexual violence and how they contribute to the continuance of rape culture.

Laura Rabea Tanneberger is a screenwriter, film critic and blogger from Berlin. She completed her undergraduate studies in film and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently studying and teaching at the University of Michigan.