Ethical Issues In The Movie Trust

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The 2010 film Trust centers on a high school freshman named Annie Cameron. She meets a person called Charlie in an online chat room, and over time, she develops a strong relationship with him. Although Charlie originally says that he is sixteen, he gradually increases his age as the two connect. Annie eventually agrees to meet him in person at her local mall, and discovers Charlie is actually a man who is over thirty years old. At first, she is upset about his age, but she agrees to spend some time with him. Charlie takes her to a motel where he rapes her. Following this event, Annie denies the sexual assault, but when the FBI links her case to others, she realizes that she was in fact sexually assaulted. However, Annie then must deal with the emotional aftermath and other consequences. The film shows how the victim is commonly blamed for the attack and demonstrates how pornography helps to perpetuate rape and the culture surrounding it.
Following the attack, people question Annie’s decisions and blame her for the assault. Her
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Annie is blamed for the attack, just as many victims of rape are blamed for their assaults as well. Annie is clearly manipulated by Charlie and is forced to have sex with him as is evidenced by her verbal protests during the assault. Through this, Trust demonstrates that victim-blaming is a common and unfair practice. The film goes on to establish the connection between pornography and sexual assault. Pornography uses sexual violence and influences the way society views rape and sexual assault. For this reason, pornography helps to create rape culture in which sexual assault is normalized and excused for a variety of reasons. The film presents the problems, but it does little to offer solutions. It is up to the audience to recognize the injustice and take action to change the

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