TRIGGERED: Rape & Sexual Assault On Film And TV

by Shanon Lee | created - 30 May 2017 | updated - 31 May 2017 | Public

Helping audiences identify media content containing trauma narratives (rape/sexual assault).

Types of Rape/Sexual Assault*:

AR - Acquaintance Rape CR - Child Rape CSA - Child Sexual Assault DAR - Drug Assisted Rape DFSA - Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault DR - Date Rape GR - Gang Rape IPSV - Intimate Partner Sexual Violence IR - Incapacitated Rape MR - Marital Rape PR - Prison Rape RR - Ritual Rape SA - Sexual Assault SR - Stranger Rape SV - Sexual Violence STR - Statutory Rape VR - Virgin Rape WR - Wartime Rape

*Includes abbreviations adopted from the Encyclopedia of Trauma, American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Segen's Medical Dictionary, Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary and

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1. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 135,234

Season 4 Episode 2 - Anna Bates is raped by male houseguest and visiting valet, Mr. Green. (AR)

2. Harlots (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama

Brothel owner, Margaret Wells, struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.

Stars: Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Dorothy Atkinson

Votes: 3,816

Reoccurring storylines depicting rape.

3. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 90,967

Show premise - Women (handmaids) forced to have ritualized sex with elite males to bear their children. (RR)

4. Reign (2013–2017)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Fantasy

Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Stars: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Celina Sinden, Torrance Coombs

Votes: 37,636

Season 2 Episode 9 "Acts of War"- Mary is raped by a Protestant assassin that invaded the castle to murder Francis. (SR, WR)

5. The Age of Spin: Dave Chappelle Live at the Hollywood Palladium (2017 TV Special)

TV-MA | 67 min | Documentary, Comedy

Dave Chappelle gives his usual skewed insight into the topics of race, technology, OJ Simpson, and more in a stand up special filmed in Hollywood.

Director: Stan Lathan | Stars: Dave Chappelle, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 6,364

Jokes about Bill Cosby's rape charges, Bill Cosby's rape victims and a fictional superhero rapist.

6. The White Princess (2017– )

TV-MA | Drama

Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 5,217

Season 1 Episode 1 - Princess Elizabeth has unwanted sex with Henry Tudor (Henry VII) after he threatens to rape her to prove she is fertile before their forced marriage. (SA)

7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A woman is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

Stars: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane

Votes: 50,111

Show premise: Kimmy (main character) is rescued after 15 years of being imprisoned in an underground bunker by a religious cult leader. Kimmy admits to being forced to participate in "weird sexual stuff" in the bunker. "Her captor is described on the show as a "pedophile reverend" who "rapes everybody". (CR, RR)

8. Game of Thrones (2011– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,356,075

Reoccurring storylines depicting rape.

9. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 234,169

Season 3 Episode "Employee of the Month" - Jennifer Melfi is raped in a parking garage by a male stranger. (SR)

10. Veronica Mars (2004–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

Stars: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Francis Capra

Votes: 59,329

Rape is part of protagonists backstory.

11. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 231,096

Randy is a lookout as Tiff is gang raped by two boys in a bathroom. (GR)

12. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 170,908

Joan Holloway is raped by her fiancé, Greg, on an office floor. (IPSV)

13. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Special Victims Unit, a specially trained squad of detectives in the NYPD, investigate sexually related crimes.

Stars: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T, Dann Florek

Votes: 63,413

Reoccurring storylines depicting rape.

14. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 78,138

Reoccurring depictions of male-on-male prison rape.

15. Outlander (2014– )

TV-MA | 64 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

Stars: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 80,883

Season 1 Episode 15 - Randall repeatedly anally rapes Jamie and forces Jamie to give him oral sex. (PR, WR)

16. Broad City (2014– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Broad City follows two women throughout their daily lives in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch all at the same time.

Stars: Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hannibal Buress, Arturo Castro

Votes: 21,347

Season 2 Episode 1 "In Heat" - After Abbi and Stacy begin to have sex, Stacy faints from the heat. Despite the fact that Stacy is incapacitated, Abbi continues to have sex with him until she reaches climax. (IR)

17. Inside Amy Schumer (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy

Amy Schumer switches from sketches, doing stand up, to interviewing people on the street and people of interest usually following a certain theme.

Stars: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Kyle Dunnigan, Kim Caramele

Votes: 10,442

Seasons 2 & 3 - "Football Night Lights” and “A Very Realistic Military Game” comedy sketches about rape.

18. Orange Is the New Black (2013– )

TV-MA | 59 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law-abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life-changing prison can really be.

Stars: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Votes: 243,998

Season 3 Episode 10 - Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett has a flashback of a classmate raping her at a house party, followed by a present-day scene where a correctional officer (Coates) rapes her in the back of a van. (AR, PR)

19. Tyrant (2014–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

An unassuming American family is drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.

Stars: Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom, Moran Atias

Votes: 20,807

Season 1 Episode 1 - Jamal Al-Fayeed rapes his daughter-in-law, Nusrat, on her wedding night, taking her virginity. (AR, VR)

20. Stalker (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A team of detectives investigates stalkers in Los Angeles.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Victor Rasuk, Mariana Klaveno

Votes: 15,767

Reoccurring storylines involving rape.

21. Shameless (2004–2013)

TV-MA | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry, Nicky Evans

Votes: 12,704

Season 5 Episode 3 "The Two Lisa's" - Debbie lures her estranged ex, Matty, to her house party and has sex with him after he passes out from intoxication. (DAR)

22. Scandal (2012–2018)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Thriller

A former White House Communications Director starts her own crisis management firm only to realize her clients are not the only ones with secrets.

Stars: Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz

Votes: 61,814

Season 3 Episode 7 "Everything's Coming Up Mellie" - Flashback to Mellie's father-in-law raping her after her husband retired to bed. (AR)

23. House of Cards (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 408,299

Season 2 Episode 1 - Claire runs into the male classmate who raped her in college at an award dinner. (AR)

24. Happy Valley (2014– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Catherine Cawood is the sergeant on duty when flustered and nervous accountant Kevin Weatherill comes into her West Yorkshire station to report a crime.

Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Siobhan Finneran, Shane Zaza, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 24,160

Show Premise: Catherine Cawood's daughter bore a baby that resulted from rape, then committed suicide. Her daughter's rapist reemerges, becoming a central character in the series.

25. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 150,604

Season 2 Episode 5 - Aunt Polly is raped by Major Campbell.

26. The Fall (I) (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serialist in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 59,056

Show Premise: Police detectives track a male serial killer that sexually tortures women before killing them.

27. Westworld (2016– )

TV-MA | 62 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, explore a world in which every human appetite can be indulged without consequence.

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton

Votes: 305,213

Season 1 Episode 1 - A life-like female android “host” is dragged by her hair off-camera and raped by a human male guest inside the amusement park.

28. Apple Tree Yard (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

A provocative thriller which sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie. Based on the novel by Louise Doughty.

Stars: Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, Mark Bonnar, Syreeta Kumar

Votes: 2,497

Season 1 Episode 1 - Yvonne Carmichael is raped by a male coworker. (AR)

29. The Newsroom (2012–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama

A newsroom undergoes some changes in its workings and morals as a new team is brought in, bringing unexpected results for its existing news anchor.

Stars: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Alison Pill

Votes: 92,606

Season 3 Episode 5 - Don Keefer interrogates a campus gang-rape victim. (AR, GR, DAR)

30. Criminal Minds (2005– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Thomas Gibson

Votes: 130,211

Reoccurring storylines depicting rape.

31. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 234,612

Season 3 Episode 1 - Madison is gang raped by fraternity brothers. (GR)

32. 13 Reasons Why (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery

Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

Stars: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe

Votes: 191,022

Show premise: High school rape victim commits suicide and leaves a box of cassette tapes behind revealing the reasons she killed herself. Season 1 Episode 9 (aka "Tape 5 Side A") - Jock Bryce rapes his best friend's girlfriend, Jessica, while she is intoxicated and unconscious on a bed. (AR, DAR) Season 1 Episode 12 (aka "Tape 6 Side B") - Bryce rapes Hannah in the hot tub. (AR)

33. Bates Motel (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates' psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.

Stars: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz

Votes: 81,094

Season 1 Episode 1 - Norma Bates is raped by the former owner of her motel, Keith Summers. (AR)

34. Rectify (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Daniel Holden must put his life back together after serving 19 years on Georgia's Death Row before DNA evidence calls his conviction into question.

Stars: Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron, Adelaide Clemens

Votes: 21,001

Show Premise: Man wrongfully convicted of rape and murder struggles to survive the sexual violence he suffered while imprisoned after a DNA sample proves his innocence and he is released. (PR) Season 1 Episode 5 - Daniel places Teddy in a chokehold until he passes out and shoves coffee rinds into his anus. (SA) Season 2 Episode 1 - In a flashback, Wendell admits to being one of the men who gang-raped Daniel in the shower. (PR)

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