Hannah Baker's graphic rape scene in Bryce Walker's hot tup at his house party raises a very controversial question regarding the television series 13 Reasons Why: Should this scene be removed from the show? I would argue 100% yes it should be removed. I believe that the show can appropriately demonstrate the traumatic effects rape can have on an adolescent individual, without having to graphically show the event itself. For instance, Hannah's agony and tears regarding this event, along with her attempt to reveal what happened at counseling give large enough cues to the audience of the severity of this event.
I believe that the graphic depiction of this event can have the potential to be extremely dangerous for viewers who are previous victims of any type of sexual assault. Viewing Hannah's rape can trigger recollection of their own individual experiences, and therefore place these individuals in an extremely trauma-filled, vulnerable state. Individuals who have had a similar experience as Hannah might potentially need additional counseling or support after viewing this scene. Additionally, my personal opinion entails that by including this scene in the film, this might "downplay" the act of rape for individuals who have no experience with sexual assault. For instance, individuals who are not victims might get the scene that sexual assault is simply an experience that most individuals encounter at some point in time in their lives. I believe that the show could effectively portray the severe consequences of the rape on Hannah without having to explicitly show the experience. What are your thoughts?
Regarding further sexual assault scenes, I additionally believe that the sexual assault of Tyler in Season 2 must be taken out, as it is extremely graphic and has the potential to trigger negative emotions for victims. Some argue that it is vital to raise awareness for the topic of "male rape", in order to prove that males can be rape victims, although much more uncommon than female victims. Once again, I believe this is an important message to address, however the method the producers of the show took and their unique approach was uncalled for. I am particularly passionate about speaking out against this issue, as I first handedly saw an individual severely struggle after watching Hannah Baker's rape, due to it triggering her own traumatic experience with sexual assault. This must be addressed, and ties into the discussion about the moral obligation of producers to produce responsible content. What differentiates Hannah's suicide scene that was shown and then taken down, and Hannah's rape scene? What elements do they have in common that can be kept in the show without the graphic depiction of such events? What are their differences? Please let me know your thoughts.