Outlander Uses Sexual Violence The Way Game of Thrones DOESN'T
The TV shows Outlander and Game of Thrones both include sex scenes, but handle sexual violence very differently. Outlander treats its two rape scenes with sensitivity, focusing on the trauma experienced by the male victim Jamie and the female victim Brianna, respectively. In contrast, Game of Thrones has been criticized for using rape as a plot device and sexualizing victims. The inclusion of sexual violence on TV can raise awareness and decrease stigma, but it must be done with respect and sensitivity towards victims. Sexual assault should not be used as a plot device, and the focus should remain on the victim. TV shows must accurately explore the dynamics and fallout of sexual assault and avoid perpetuating damaging tropes and stereotypes. Victims of sexual assault can reach out to helplines such as the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline.