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Title: 13 Reasons Why
Description: The series revolves around high school student Clay Jensen and details the story of Hannah Baker, a teenager in high school who has died by suicide. The reasons for her suicide are outlined in a set of tapes that are mailed between the people that she feels were involved in her decision.
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Description: 1883 follows the Duttons’ great-grandparents, James and Margaret Dutton, as they journey from Texas to Montana in search of a better life. It’s a stark retelling of Western expansion as the family attempts to flee the poverty-stricken lives they once lived. This show depicts sexual assault in a realistic way in order to show the struggles of women in the Old West.
Source: Paramount +
Trailer: 1883 Trailer
Title: Big Little Lies
Description: The apparently-perfect lives of upper-class mothers of students at a prestigious elementary school unravel to the point of murder when a single mother moves to their quaint California beach town. Abusive relationships are a major theme of the first season. The depictions of domestic violence vary in intensity throughout the seasons and occur in most episodes and rape is discussed and depicted in detail.
Source: HBO Max
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Description: Blindspot focuses on a mysterious tattooed woman who is found naked inside a travel bag in Times Square in New York City by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). She has no recollection of her past or identity. They discover that her tattoos contain clues to crimes they must solve. A main character investigates undercover in a sex trafficking situation. She does not get assaulted, but many rapes that took place are mentioned and her team is not really in control of the situation.
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Title: Firefly Lane
Description: Telling the decades long story of two best friends, the drama dips and dives into different eras of their messy relationship, from their teenage years in the ’70s, their college days in the ’80s and then each of their mid-life crises in the mid-2000s. Nostalgia is alive and well here. Named after the street they lived on as teens and where they met, the plot focuses on the enduring friendship of the two female protagonists. This series shows flashbacks of a rape scene as well as how the assault has affected the protagonist throughout her life.
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Title: Grey’s Anatomy
Description: The series focuses on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings as they develop into seasoned doctors while balancing personal and professional relationships. There are several episodes where rape, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and human trafficking are discussed. The portrayal of a rape victim and the forensic exam process is one of the best realistic views we have seen.
Episodes: S1E2, S8E20, S14E20, S14E21, S15E19, S16E18,
Trailer: Grey’s Anatomy Trailer
Title: I May Destroy You
Description: After being sexually assaulted in a nightclub, Arabella’s life changes irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends, and family. The question of sexual consent in contemporary life and how, in the new landscape of dating and relationships, we make the distinction between liberation and exploitation. This depicts the multidimensional aspects of sexual assault and exploitation and move the conversations on consent beyond the surface-level understanding. For instance, it talks about ‘stealthing’ (removing a condom during sex without the other partner’s consent) as a form of sexual violence and how consent to sex with a condom is not consent to sex without a condom. Trigger warning: Sexual assault, rape, violence, graphic sex scenes.
Running time: 1 season, episodes 30 minutes each.
Source: HBO Max
Trailer: I May Destroy You Trailer
Title: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
Description: Survivors reveal the manipulation, abuse and emotional scars suffered at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Their stories expose a sex trafficking ring of powerful enablers leading up to his 2019 arrest.
Trailer: Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich Trailer
Title: Sex Education
Description: The series follows the lives of the students, staff, and parents of the fictional Moordale Secondary School as they contend with various personal dilemmas, often related to sexual intimacy. In particular, the show details sexual assault and the effects of sexual violence, such as self-blaming, avoidance, isolation and fear. Trigger warning: Bullying, sexual content, sexual assault.
Running time: 3 seasons, episodes 50 minutes each.
Trailer: Sex Education Trailer
Title: Surviving R. Kelly Part III: The Final Chapter
Description: In this documentary series on the tangled history of allegations against musician R. Kelly, women give detailed accounts of sexual and mental abuse.
Description: Unbelievable follows “Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth”. Trigger warning: trauma, rapes are shown in flashback| Netflix. This crime drama series is based on the real-life story of a then 18-year-old who reported of being raped by a masked intruder in her apartment in Washington but was re-victimized by the investigating officers who accused her of lying and the legal process that made her to retell her story multiple times. One of the lessons of the movie is that people react to trauma and violence differently, and there are neurobiological explanations to help us understand these different responses.
Running Time: 1 Season 8 episodes from 45 minutes to 1 Hour
Trailer: Unbelievable Trailer