Add explicit warnings of sexual violence in movies

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There are 2 major problems with the film industry - paedophilia and sexual abuse. Both of these fall under the same umbrella of sexual violence.

Approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are raped in England and Wales alone every year; that's roughly 11 rapes every hour. Almost 1 million instances of rape a year, and that only covers adult victims. When it comes to paedophilia, a study by Dr. Abel found that out of 561 sexual offenders there were over 291,000 incidents totalling over 195,000 total victims.In the same study we find that only 3% of these perpetrators will be convicted.

With such high figures of victims, is it fair that when we go to see a film we need all that trauma brought back to the surface?

When movies contain murder, violence and cursing, we have these classifications, but what about films such as Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence. Not a single hint of the graphic scenes in the trailer. We were told it was a movie about spies. So imagine the horror when I sat there with one of the most explicit rape scenes in cinema.

We don't need censoring, if it's vital to the film and its plot (Like films such as The Light Of The Moon). But it should be explicitly clear that these scenes take place - since currently I have to google every film I ever see - spoiling the whole thing for myself, or go in blind, risking a panic attack. When this problem is so wide spread yet treated so lightly, there should be a much clearer warning that these scenes will take place, before we've bought the ticket, before it's too late.

All I'm campaigning for is to add a small logo in the corner of movie posters, at the end of adverts, a small logo with an 'SV' in it, to warn us, to protect us from our trauma. We spend so much time making half clapped efforts at prevention, we spend no time protecting our victims. This is the next step in society.

Thank you,

-MF



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