Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” Criticized for Graphic Depictions of Suicide and Rape

May 03rd, 2017

Advocates are concerned that Netflix's popular series "13 Reasons Why" may be triggering for people with a history of sexual violence or with a history of suicidal ideation. It is important for counselors who work at crisis centers and with survivors of sexual assault to be aware of the content of this series and how these portrayals of sexual assault and suicide may affect their clients. Netflix added a new warning card before the first episode and strengthened the language within the existing warning cards so that viewers are warned about the severity of issues depicted within the show. For information on local rape crisis centers in Maryland and the services they provide for survivors, please click here.  If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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