“We’re committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can. We fully understand that that means some of the scenes in the show will be difficult to watch. I think Netflix has helped provide viewers with lots of resources for understanding that this may not be the show for everybody, and also resources for people who do watch it and are troubled and need help.
But the fact is that, as intense as that scene is, and as strong as are or reactions to it may be, it doesn’t even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things. When we talk about something being “disgusting” or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience. We would rather not be confronted with it. We would rather it stay out of our consciousness. This is why these kinds of assaults are underreported. This is why victims have a hard time seeking help. We believe that talking about it is so much better than silence.”“13 Reasons Why” creator Brian Yorke speaking to Vulture about the show’s controversial male rape scene.
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I dont have any trouble with this scene. I think it should have been even more realistic. A NC-17 kind of thing.
The unfortunate reality is that many young people face various amounts of trauma. As a person who works with young persons with mental illnesses, I worry about the effect this show may have on those with undiagnosed PTSD-particularly young folks who are not out and are already hiding so much about themselves. I feel that Netflix should do more financially to help young people with mental health issues.
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