This week, Private Practice kicks off a multi-episode storyline dealing with rape and its aftermath. Rape on TV is nothing new, but this time it’s not just a woman being raped for sport in a procedural where the investigators say “we’re going to get the guy who did this to you. I promise.” (How many times have you heard that line?
This time the storyline will focus on the woman.
I don’t know about you but I trust Shonda Rhimes to handle this issue more than I would trust any other TV creator. She’s always been on top of women’s issues and cares about how she portrays her characters. Here’s what she said about the storyline which will of course affect Charlotte King (played by KaDee Strickland) and the rest of the characters for the rest of the season (and probably series.)
A lot of violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement…as opposed to standing in the shoes of the actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them.
The show has been working with RAINN to make sure that the issue is handled with the respect and dignity it deserves.
Private Practice airs on Thursdays at 10pm on ABC.