Jen, 28 is based on a real life experience of the writer & star, Jessica Sharples. Here is her statement:
My journey with Jen, 28 started in October of 2018 when memories from a night I thought I buried long ago resurfaced. It was the night I was date raped. I began to understand that I couldn’t move on until I resolved the incident in my mind. Because it wasn’t violent and didn’t happen in a dark alleyway by a stranger, I kept questioning if it was truly rape or just a simple misunderstanding. As I dove deeper into this project, I discovered that 90% of the women in my life had also experienced some version of date rape or sexual assault. I realized that I needed to make this film in order to accurately show audiences an unfortunately common female experience and to open the conversation of consent. Yes, the “MeToo” movement helped make the subject matter less taboo, but we still have a ways to go before reaching a world free from sexual assault.
My goals with Jen, 28 are two fold: firstly, to depict the more common instances of rape and show that it takes more forms besides the horrific acts of violence we usually see in movies and TV; secondly, to inspire women and men to come together and continue the conversation of consent after seeing Jen and Adam start it on screen. This film is meant to create empowerment through awareness, open the conversation of consent, and make positive lasting change on the front of date rape and sexual assault.