Rape in the Fields

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Friday, November 15, 2013 – 7:30pm
RAPE IN THE FIELDS

1Rape in the Fields

For the women who harvest and process the food we eat every day, sexual harassment and assault often come with the job. This documentary exposes the hidden price many immigrant women are paying to provide for their families.After the film there will be a discussion with the film makers: Andrés Cediel, a lecturer in the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Bernice Yeung, an environmental health reporter with The Center for Investigative Reporting.

For many of the immigrant women working the fields and packing plants of America, the job comes with the low wages, gruelling physical work and exposure to harmful chemicals, but for some, it also comes with sexual harassment.Exact numbers are hard to come by as rape is normally an underreported crime, but even more so when the population is undocumented women.That’s the subject of PBS’s Frontline documentary “Rape in the Fields” produced in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting and Univision.
In the yearlong investigation, documentary producers spoke to dozens of women from tomato fields in Florida to packing plants in Iowa who say they’ve been sexually abused on the job.In this video, Lowell Bergman, the documentary’s co-producer, writer and correspondent spoke to Univision News’s Jorge Ramos about how the documentary came about.

And here are some chilling statistics:

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