Sexual Violence on Film: is it Worth the Dramatic Affect?

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Is an on screen rape scene something to be left to personal preferences and opinions or is it a media trend which needs to be reevaluated and even fought against? Is an act of sexual violence on par with physical violence when it appears on television? If we’ve become desensitized to physical violence on film, how long will it be before we’re totally desensitized to sexual violence?

Or has that already happened?

Sex and violence saturate most television programs to one degree or another and most adult viewers are immune to the negative undertones, particularly when sex and violence are wedded with comedy. But when sex and violence mix, at least 1 in 4 audience members will not view the scene nonchalantly. In fact, for about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men, sexual violence is far too real to be reduced to drama.

Jane Martinson writes:

“In…

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