Distributor:  Terra Nova Films
Length:  28 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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He Wouldn't Turn Me Loose

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Presents the real-life case of 96-year-old Miss Mary, who is sexually assaulted by her grandson - and documents how she fully participated in his subsequent trial and prosecution.

He Wouldn't Turn Me Loose

This film presents the real-life case of 96-year-old Miss Mary, who was financially exploited and later, sexually assaulted by her grandson. Miss Mary had been living with her grandson and his wife for five years during which financial abuse took place. Then, one evening, when his wife was out, the grandson sexually abused Miss Mary for several hours, leaving her bruised from head to toe. After the attack and hospitalization, Miss Mary was placed in a nursing home under the name 'Jane Doe' for safety reasons. Miss Mary's family refused to believe her and refused to support her the primary social interactions were with staff and residents of the nursing home, and the advocates she met after the assault. However, Miss Mary retained her strength of character, and fully participated in the subsequent trial and prosecution of her grandson. Through interviews with Miss Mary, various professionals involved in investigating and trying the case, and with victim advocates who helped Miss Mary, the DVD reveals some of the dynamics involved in this case, and how it was successfully brought to trial and prosecution.

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Main credits

Other credits

Content editor, Bonnie Brandl; project consultants, Betty J. Abramson, Jane A. Raymond.

Distributor credits

Terra Nova Films

NCALL & Terra Nova Films

Docuseek2 subjects

Crime and Criminals
Longterm Care

Distributor subjects

Elder Abuse
Sexual Assault
Rape/Sexual Abuse
Social Work
Social Issues


Elder abuse; sexual assault; rape; ; "He Wouldn't Turn Me Loose"; Terra Nova Films;

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