Amend Current Ratings System to Include Warning Label of "Sexual Abuse"

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To whom it may concern:

I am a survivor of rape and childhood sexual abuse. I never talk about this; I have never even had this conversation with my own husband. It hurts too much.

However, it also hurts having to switch off a TV show half-way or walk out of a packed movie theater when images of assault and aggravated sexual abuse are shown, triggering years worth of self-loathing, fear and shame.

Though I understand the current ratings system for TV and film, “Sexual  Content” is not the same thing as being forced to relive the worst memories of my life when all I wanted was to be entertained. Racy, fun films are not the same thing as the horrors of rape or unwanted contact from another.

It is for this reason that I propose the current ratings system be adapted to specify those forms of aggravated sexual content such as rape and abuse. RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, reports that every 107 seconds another person in America is sexually assaulted. By not specifying the content of the media these survivors consume, they are being forced to negate volumes of otherwise entertaining shows and films, or to risk being shown traumatic scenes that could trigger Post Traumatic Stress and bring up any number of unwanted films.

It is not my intent to limit the type of scenes that can be produced or impede anyone’s access to freedom of speech and artistic creation. It is only my hope to create an identifier for those types of images, allowing viewers the chance to make informed decisions.

Please do not take my request lightly. I do not want to be limited to G-rated films for fear of reliving the worst moments of my life. The violence in action films and the playful, erotic sex of romances and many dramas are worlds apart from the graphic scenes that victimize both women and men and cause hurt to so many.

Please let me watch a movie without having to remember the man who raped me.

It is for the aforementioned reasons that I promote the following:


I support amending the current media Ratings System to differentiate between forms of “Sexual Content” including a warning of “Sexual Abuse” to protect its viewers from scenes of rape and other unwanted sexual contact.