In the documentary "Not That Kind of Guy" (40 min), director Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid tries to nuance the picture of who is capable of committing sexual assault by telling the stories of three young men convicted of party-related rape. Signe has reported a party-related rape and knows how significant the consequences can be for survivors.
In the conversations with "Morten," "Benjamin," and "Kasper," stories of identity crisis, denial and responsibility emerge. The meetings with Signe, who shares her own experiences, are challenging but somehow redemptive. What is it that makes us not understand others' limits when drunk? And how do you return to daily life after serving a multi-year prison sentence for something that many people think of as an unforgivable act?
"Morten," "Benjamin," and "Kasper" are only three cases out of thousands. Norwegian police statistics show that at least 3628 party-related rapes were reported between 2011 and 2019.
Having sex with someone "unable to resist the act" was not incorporated into the Norwegian penal code until 2009. In the last decade, rapes that take place in a party context, where the victim often sleeps or is too drunk to give consent, have accounted for the largest proportion of reported sexual assaults for people over 14 years old - approximately 40 percent annually. Boundaries are erased in drunkenness, and survivors often know their perpetrators.
In this documentary, we follow three young men convicted of party-related rape, from allegation, trial, and sentencing, to imprisonment and, finally, release.