I was a little nervous when I heard this show was taking on a subject as loaded as rape, especially having it happen to a main character. I was afraid it would just be played up for theatrical, soap-opera drama and not for realism. Well I was wrong and seeing how hard they worked to portray it so realistically, I feel a certain responsibility in reviewing it right.
The fact that they never showed us the actual attack, except in flashes at the very end, I found very powerful. I know that they wanted to show not only how something like this affects the victim, but also everyone around them. I think not letting us see what happened was a great way to do that as no one usually sees an attack except for the people involved.
We knew Charlotte was strong, but I actually think her opting to not admit to the rape to anyone but Addison was probably the weakest thing she did. If anything, I think it proved how much the attack got to her. The real Charlotte, the one we know, wouldn’t let a man get away with that. So as much as I understand her not wanting to let anyone know and how embarrassed, mortified and freaked out she was, demanding no rape kit was wrong as it’s possibly going to let him get out to do this to someone else. I’m wondering how long it will take for her to realize that.
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