Rape Squad, also known as Act of Vengeance and The Violator, is a 1974 American exploitation film, directed by Bob Kelljan and starring Jo Ann Harris, Peter Brown, Jennifer Lee, Connie Strickland, Lisa Moore, Tony Young, Steve Kanaly and Anneka Di Lorenzo.
|Directed by||Bob Kelljan|
|Starring||Jo Ann Harris|
|Music by||Bill Marx|
Anneka Di Lorenzo, later Anneka Vasta (born Marjorie Lee Thoreson September 6, 1952, in St. Paul, Minnesota; died January 4, 2011) was an exploitation film star and nude model in Los Angeles.Anti-rape movement
The anti-rape movement is a sociopolitical movement which is part of the movement seeking to combat violence against and the abuse of women. The movement seeks to change community attitudes to violence against women, such as attitudes of entitlement to sex and victim blaming, as well as attitudes of women themselves such as self-blame for violence against them. It also seeks to promote changes to rape laws or laws of evidence which enable rapists from avoid penalties because, for example, victims are discouraged from reporting assaults against them, or because the rapist is entitled to some immunity or because a rapist (as a defendant) is capable in law of denigrating the victim. The movement has been successful in many jurisdictions, though many of these attitudes still persist in some jurisdictions, and despite changes to laws and significant increases in reporting of such assaults, in practice violence against women still persists at unacceptable high levels.
The movement came about in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when new concepts of rape arose out of second wave feminism and the reevaluation of women's daily lives socially and with regard to the social institutions with which they interact. Prior to this reexamination, rape had been viewed as a "sex crime carried out by pathological men," who were unable to control their own sexual desires. Feminists began to emphasize the role of power dynamics specifically with regard to the perpetration of rape as a crime committed primarily by men against women. This revised definition of rape was meant to come from the perspective of the victim. The act of rape was asserted to be a way in which societal gender roles, the way someone acts out either masculinity or femininity, were enforced and the hierarchy of power placing males above females was maintained. Rape was thus defined as a form of violence used to ensure male power, a form of social control over women and children. Known as the "anti-rape" or "rape prevention" movement, it was founded with the conceptions that sexual violence and violence against women more generally is a tool of social control used to keep women in a subordinate position to men and that women need to do something that aids victims of sexual violence to become "survivors" of violence instead of victims. The anti-rape movement continues today, with growing awareness in the United States public sphere about the concept of rape culture coinciding with the increasing popularity of feminism.Buzz Feitshans
Frederick Rollin Feitshans III (born 17 January 1937), known as Buzz Feitshans, is an American film producer best known for his work in the action field and his collaborations with John Milius and Carolco Pictures.False accusation of rape
A false accusation of rape is the reporting of a rape where no rape has occurred. It is difficult to assess the true prevalence of false rape allegations, but it is generally agreed that, for about 2% to 10% of rape allegations, a thorough investigation establishes that no crime was committed or attempted.History of the Queensland Police
The history of the Queensland Police Service in Queensland, Australia, commenced in 1864, five years after the Separation of Queensland from New South Wales in 1859. This timeline highlights significant developments in Queensland policing.Jo Ann Harris
Jo Ann Harris (born May 27, 1949) is an American actress. Born Jo Ann Marcovitch in Los Angeles, she is known for her many television and film roles beginning in 1967 onward. In the 1971 film The Beguiled she portrayed the 17-year-old Carol who seduces Clint Eastwood's character. Her other films included Maryjane (1968), The Gay Deceivers (1969), The Sporting Club (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Rape Squad (1974), as a panelist on Match Game 77 (E986-E990, (1977)), Cruise Into Terror (1978), and Deadly Games (1982).
Her first acting part was that of a girl in the drama series Run for Your Life (starring Ben Gazzara) in 1967 when she was 18 years old. Other TV credits include Adam-12, Gunsmoke, The High Chaparral, The Virginian, Medical Center, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Mod Squad, The F.B.I., Hawaii Five-O, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$, B.J. and the Bear, Laverne & Shirley, and State of the Union.
She portrayed Susan Baker on Adam-12 in the first-season episode "Grand Theft Horse" and Kitty in the episode "The Sand Trap" of the short-lived 1974 ABC police drama Nakia. She played Michael Douglas's girlfriend in The Streets of San Francisco in season two. She had a co-starring role in the short-lived 1977 ABC police series Most Wanted (starring Robert Stack), as well as a small role in the television mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man.
Her voice acting work includes various episodic characters in The Simpsons and the voice of Tina in the 1973 Hanna-Barbera series Goober and the Ghost Chasers.Joan McCall
Joan McCall (born January 31, 1948 in Kentucky) is an American screenwriter, producer, actress and religious minister.John Pickard (American actor)
John M. Pickard (June 25, 1913 – August 4, 1993) was an American actor who appeared primarily in television westerns.Lada St. Edmund
Lada St. Edmund (also known as Lada Edmund, Jr.) (born 1 April 1947) is an American personal trainer, dancer, singer, actress and stunt performer. St. Edmund became a popular nationally known go-go dancer on the 1965–1966 NBC-TV rock music series Hullabaloo. She later became the highest paid stuntwoman in Hollywood history.Peter Brown (actor)
Pierre Lind de Lappe (October 5, 1935 – March 21, 2016), known professionally as Peter Brown, was an American actor best known for his role as young Deputy Johnny McKay opposite John Russell as Marshal Dan Troop in the 1958 to 1962 ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Lawman and as Texas Ranger Chad Cooper on NBC's Laredo from 1965 to 1967.Police (TV series)
Police was a BBC Television documentary television series about Thames Valley Police, first broadcast in twelve episodes from 4 January to 22 March 1982. Produced by Roger Graef and directed by Charles Stewart, it won the BAFTA award for best factual series.Graef was given access to film Thames Valley Police by the Chief Constable, Peter Imbert, who went on to be Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Filming was based in Reading police station and took place in 1980 and early 1981.
The series had a significant impact on debate about the role of the police. The most influential episode was the third, A Complaint of Rape, in which a woman who claimed to have been raped by three men was treated harshly and dismissively by three male police officers. In a BBC interview in 2014 Roger Graef said, " We showed it (the film) to them (the police) but they regarded themselves as being nice to her. First of all Thatcher talked about it in parliament, it was on CBS news in America and also in Sweden and other places. Our film came after three very controversial rape cases the week before and the police quietly changed the way they handled rape." The public reaction led to changes in the way in which the UK police handled rape cases. In less than a year, Reading police station had a new dedicated rape squad consisting of five female police officers.A five-part series titled Police: Operation Carter, also produced by Roger Graef, was transmitted from 16 September to 21 October 1982. Seven of the episodes were repeated on BBC Two from 19 May to 30 June 1984. A follow up programme titled Police 2001 was shown on 25 November 2001, looking at how the police service had evolved since the original series; and in 2006, an episode of Panorama looked at the A Complaint of Rape episode and asked if anything had changed.Ross Elliott
Ross Elliott (born Elliott Blum, June 18, 1917 – August 12, 1999) was an American television and film character actor. He began his acting career in the Mercury Theatre, where he performed in The War of the Worlds, Orson Welles' famed radio program.Stanley Adams (actor)
Stanley Adams (April 7, 1915 – April 27, 1977) was an American actor and screenwriter. He appeared in many television series and films, notably Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Lilies of the Field (1963), and TV series from Gunsmoke to Star Trek.
He died in 1977 as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 62.Tony Young (actor)
Carleton L. Young (June 28, 1937 – February 26, 2002), known as Tony Young, was an American character actor in film and television. In 1961, he starred at the age of twenty-three in the title role of "Cord" in the 12-episode CBS western television series Gunslinger, a replacement for Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater.Zsuzsanna Budapest
Zsuzsanna Emese Mokcsay (born 30 January 1940 in Budapest, Hungary) is a Hungarian author, activist, journalist, playwright and songwriter living in America who writes about feminist spirituality and Dianic Wicca under the pen name Zsuzsanna Budapest or Z. Budapest. She is the founder of the Susan B. Anthony Coven #1, which was founded in 1971 as the first feminist, women-only, witches' coven.She is the founder and director of the Women's Spirituality Forum, a nonprofit organization featuring lectures, retreats and other events, and was the lead of a cable TV show called 13th Heaven. She had an online autobiography entitled Fly by Night, and wrote for the religion section of the San Francisco Examiner on subjects related to Pagan religions. Her play The Rise of the Fates premiered in Los Angeles in the mid-seventies. She is the composer of several songs including "We All Come From the Goddess". She lives near Santa Cruz, California.