Triggers

One of the after effects of a sexual crime is triggers. Triggers are objects, actions, and/or events that cause a victim to remember their attack and have an emotional/physical panic. Triggers can last for many years after a person has been victimized, or they may never disappear. Therefore a victim needs to find a way to cope with their triggers.

Victims can combat these triggers by learning what they are. Victims who learn what their triggers are can take steps toward avoiding them. Noticing what your triggers are and learning to cope with them is another way to take steps towards healing.

There are many forms of triggers. These can range from sounds, movies, songs, actions, and even scents. Reactions from these triggers can vary from victim to victim. Some victims may have to take a step back and take in a deep breath, while others may have a severe panic attack. .

The following is a compiled list of art, books, movies, and miscellaneous media that may trigger a victim's memory. This list was complied by survivors and allies to warn survivors about triggering material. This is by no means a list of media to avoid, as many of them are wonderful and can help you on your healing journey. Although some of them are bad and would be best to not be viewed. Either way, it is important to prepare yourself for what you are going to see or read. Knowing possible triggers and being prepared for them is a way to combat the effects of a trigger.




Title

Media

Comments

5 Women 6 Chairs

Movie

It is a film about survivors and the trauma and issues they face on a day to day basis.

8MM

Movie

Rape.

9 1/2 Weeks

Movie

Rape.

13 Ghosts

Movie

Very graphic horror movie. Not so much in sexual sense, there is nudity and a vulgar joke made. Can be disturbing to someone who has been physically abused. Very Graphic (bloody, pain, not so much as in sexual though).

24

Television Show

Episode 8am - 9am. This show deals with a government agent who has his family kidnapped in an attempt to get him to comply with an assassination attempt. During this episode one of the captors attempts to rape his daughter but her mother "offers" herself to be raped instead. The rape happens off screen but can be triggering.

28 Days

Movie

Self-Injury.

Abrazame Muy Fuerte

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Man rapes his wife, attempts to rape her teen daughter, and in a scene that made me sick to my stomach, murders his mistress.

A Clockwork Orange

Motion Picture

Motion picture about a near future in which gangs of boys roam the streets of England in search of people to rob or rape, directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, based on the 1962 novel by Anthony Burgess. Alex (Malcolm McDowell), the teenage leader of one of those gangs, gets arrested for raping and killing a woman during a night of violent debauchery. In jail he is brainwashed so that ideas of sex and violence nauseate him, and he emerges a changed and vulnerable man. After a series of misadventures and another trip to jail, Alex returns to his amoral ways. This film is recognized for its innovative cinematography during the violent scenes and its vivid sets.

A Deadly Silence

Made for TV Movie

Incest victim on trial for hiring someone to kill her father.

The Accused

Movie

This movie is about the treatment of rape in the criminal justice system. It contains a *very* graphic rape scene.

Anatomy of a Murder

Motion Picture

Motion picture about a controversial murder trial starring James Stewart and George C. Scott, released in 1959. After Lieutenant Frederick Manion (played by Ben Gazzara) kills a bartender, he hires small-town lawyer Paul Biegler (Stewart) to defend him in court. Manion asserts that he killed the bartender because he beat and raped Manions wife (Lee Remick), and the outcome of the trial hinges on proving that the murder was justified. The prosecuting attorney (Scott) loses the case after Biegler helps Manion and his wife clean up their image to please the jury. Moviegoers at the time were shocked to see the clean-cut actor James Stewart talking frankly about such sensitive subject matter on the silver screen.

Angel

Television Show

Series Two, Episode 4 is called 'Untouched' and it centers around a girl who was abused by her father. It's not explicit but there are flashback scenes which triggered me.

Angels of God

Movie

A dead baby is found outside a convent, and is traced to Agnes who is studying to be a nun and is so innocent she didn't realize she was pregnant, or even what sex is. The therapist who tries to figure out what happened to Agnes's baby discovers that Agnes endured abuse such as having a lit cigarette put to her genitals. There's also a suggestion that Agnes's pregnancy was from a rape.

Alien 3

Movie

Attempted Rape.

American Beauty

Movie

A really well done movie, but it also made me sick and sad and angry and angry and angry! The whole message of the movie was amazing, but the father perverting out on the 16 year old girl triggered me.

American History X

Movie

I think it would be very disturbing to male survivors -- there is a graphic prison rape scene involving a male.

American Me

Movie

Several rape scenes depicting attacks on both women and men.

American Psycho

Book/Movie

Very graphic. Very triggering.

Angels and Insects

Movie

Incest

The Astronaut's Wife

Movie

Charlie Theron's husband Johnny Depp is killed in outer space by some something, but his body returns with somebody else in it. Graphic rape scene, but seems like she consented because she didn't say no, but he was forceful. She mentions later she is aware that he is not her real husband and she was sexually assaulted. I found this very triggering.

Bad Girls

Movie

Implied rape and sexual slavery scenes.

Bad Lieutenant

Movie

The movie starts off with the graphic rape of a nun and this topic pretty much dominates the movie because she is unwilling to give the police the names of her attackers because in accord with her religious beliefs she forgives them.

Bandit Queen

Movie

"Bandit Queen" tells the story of Phoolan Devi, a lower-caste woman who achieved notoriety when she fought back against sexism and India's abusive caste system. She is raped, avenges herself, and achieves national notoriety in the process.

Bang

Movie

Woman survives sexual harassment on the "casting couch" followed by attempted rape by a police officer.

Bastard Out Of Carolina

Book/Movie

Throughout the movie there is child abuse but there is a very very disturbing scene where a little girl gets raped by her step-father. I have never been sexually assaulted but this movie made me walk out of the room.

Being John Malkovich

Movie

It is a good movie other than the fact that this guy goes crazy and flips out on his wife, holds a gun up to her and then locks her up in a cage with a monkey.

Beulah Land

Book/Movie

Multiple rape scenes. slaves raping women and soldiers raping women. awesome book, just triggering.

Billy Jack

Movie

This is a seemingly OK movie but has a long excruciating rape scene and once again she doesn't tell and forgives. Another really bad one for me. Although her boyfriend later finds out and murders her rapists.

Blackrock

Movie

Based on a true story about a girl who was gang raped and murdered at a beach party in Newcastle, Australia.

Body Bags

Movie

A possessed man rapes his wife. Very brief scene and doesn't dominate the movie.

Body Shots

Movie

Rape Scene.

Boogie Nights

Movie

Rape.

Boys Don't Cry

Movie

Rape Scene.

Boys of St. Vincent

Movie

Deals with child sexual abuse and male rape. Very disturbing because what happens rings so true.

Breaking The Waves

Movie

Mentally challenged Bess is raped by oil riggers. Pretty disturbing.

Broken Home

Song/Music Video

By Papa Roach. General theme of domestic violence. Very short, almost subliminal, scene implying rape.

Broken Silence: A moment of truth movie

Made for TV movie

Its about a 16 year girl who is an aspiring track star. Her coach rapes her after a training session.

The Brutal Truth

Movie

This movie contains an extremely graphic and brutal rape scene. There is also a graphic suicide in response to the rapes. TRIGGERING.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Television show

Season Six, Episode 18 is called 'Seeing Red' and it features an attempted rape of one of the main characters. This is discussed in later episodes, and is expected to form a key part of Season 7.

Bully

Movie

Very graphic rape scene(s) involving teens.

Buster and Billie

Movie

Small town teens repeatedly do(or try) to rape a shy, mentally challenged girl. She and one of the boys fall in love, and the rest end up gang-raping and killing her. He then kills the assailants. Starring Jan Micheal Vincent. (Film about Late 70's)

Caligula

Movie

Rape-graphic.

Cape Fear

Movie

Rape scene.

Casualties of War

Movie

The soldiers kidnap a girl and keep her around for their "use". This is the whole center of the movie and lasts a long time

The Celebration

Movie

Incest.

The Cell

Movie

About a schizophrenic who drowns women then has sex with their dead bodies. Gets very graphic.

Child of Rage

Made for TV movie

Deals with the rape of a child and the effects.

Chinatown

Movie

They only talk about incest regarding the lead female character but its revealing is the climax of the film.

The Cider House Rules

Movie

Incest.

Clan of the Cave Bear

Movie

Rape.

The Color Purple

Movie

Teenage girl is raped repeatedly by her father and has two children by him who are both taken away from her at birth. Many years later she learns that he was not her real father.

Crawling

Song/Music Video

By Linkin Park. Tells the tale of a girl being sexually abused, and ostracized by her peers. The video is optimistic at the end that she will survive, but triggering none the less.

Crazy/Beautiful

Movie

A girl fights with her own depression and poor relationship with her family. While not involving rape, it does trigger me. Her emotional breakdown was very hard to watch. Alcohol abuse, evil stepmother, and suicide feature in this film. Was very good.

Crossroads

Movie

The plot deals with a date-rape, and pregnancy as a result of rape.

The Crow

Movie

This is a great movie, but in it, the main characters get murdered, the female one also being raped.

Cruel Intentions

Movie

Viewers may find the relationship between a step-brother and sister reminiscent of incest.

Damned River

Movie

Rape scene.

Dark Tide

Movie

There is a VERY graphic rape scene.

Daughters of Darkness

Movie

Marital Rape.

Dead Calm

Movie

When the woman's husband is on the other ship and the attacker awakens he has sex without her consent.

Dead Man Walking

Movie

True story. He and a friend assaulted 2 girls and the movie blended the 2 as one. Flashbacks of the rape and then a longer scene near the end. While filming the movie, one of the surviving victims met the real nun depicted in the movie, watched the premiere with her, and now goes to church on Sundays with her to pray for his soul. Its a good movie but pretty triggering, and some people resent the fact that it makes the rapist look almost like he's the victim. But its the story as told by the nun who visited him in prison, keep that in mind.

Death and the Maiden

Movie/Play

A political prisoner who was tortured and raped suspects that the man who's car broke down outside her house is her main abuser, so she captures and tortures him. A classical piece, called Death and the Maiden, triggers her because it was playing when she was raped.

Death Wish I, II, III, IV, V

Movie

There are like 5 of them, and in every one there are very graphic rapes. It's like they went out of their way to elongate the scenes.

Deceived By Trust: Moment of Truth

Made for TV Movie

High school principal sexually harasses his students.

The Delibrate Stranger

Made for TV Movie

The story of Ted Bundy. Enough said.

Deliverance

Movie

Rape scene. Particularly bad for male survivors.

Demented

Movie

Disgusting, low grade b-movie made in 1980. Don't think it made the theaters judging by the horrible filming/quality. The opening scene, the wife returns home to park her car and go to her stables, to check on her horse. 4 ranch helpers wearing panty hose accost her into the barn on a haystack. Then, they immediately rape her. Graphic scene, realistic. The whole movie thereafter is her slowly going insane over this ( having spent time in a sanitarium). She thinks everyone is the rapists going after her. The the next door neighbor kids don Halloween masks and rape her, only to find she kills them one by one. Definitely not worth the rental fee.

Devil's Advocate

Movie

Court scene in which a young woman is harshly interrogated about abuse; self-injury; suicide.

Diary of a Lost Girl

Motion Picture

German motion picture about a young woman from a rich family who becomes a prostitute. Released in 1929, this silent film stars Louise Brooks and was directed by G. W. Pabst. After being raped by an acquaintance, Thyamiane Henning (played by Brooks) has a baby, gets sent to reform school, and ends up working in a brothel. The movie, which chronicles the daily life of a prostitute, was considered very sexually explicit when the film was released.

Doom Generation

Movie

About 2 guys and a girl traveling cross-country. Near the end there is a scene where this group of men threaten to rape the girl with a statue of the virgin Mary. They also cut off her boyfriends penis with hedge clippers. You just see a lot of blood, but it's pretty upsetting.

Dr. No

Book/Movie

By Ian Fleming. Yes, it's a James Bond book. Both the book and the movie refer to an event in the main female character's life when she was raped by a villager, and got revenge by killing her rapist. The movie later implies that she was raped again by the film's villain (But it's unclear whether or not she actually was). Both the book and the movie are pretty boring, so save yourself the rental.

El Mar

Book/Movie

A Spanish movie, I don't even know if it's released elsewhere. Very disturbing, includes violence, several murders at the beginning, obsession, repression, religion. Somehow, I knew from the beginning that I had to expect rape there. Very graphic deaths. At the end there's a young man breaking free from his abuser by murdering him. Then raping a boy who secretly adores him. Again murder and suicide. Very triggering, I seldom had so many tears coming out in a movie, but still very good, very emotional. Only see if you feel strong enough.

El Premio Mayor

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Character is raped, becomes pregnant, and dies in childbirth.

The Entity

Movie

Series of violent rapes by ghost. Woman victim feeling powerless and trapped.

Esmeralda

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Esmeralda, who is blind, is raped by her doctor, but thinks she is making love to her husband. When she turns up pregnant, the doctor claims it is his child (but he is sterile) nearly destroying her marriage.

Eve's Bayou

Movie

Well made movie starring Samuel L Jackson, about a young girl living on a bayou in Louisiana. However, fairly central to the plot is an incident of incestuous child molestation, which is retold several times from different viewpoints. May trigger.

The Ex

Movie

Graphic Rape scene.

Extremities

Movie

Graphic rape scene followed by the victim's capture, imprisonment, and torture of her rapist.

Eye for an Eye

Movie

The whole movie is based upon the opening scene where a mother is on the phone with her daughter when someone breaks into their home and rapes and kills her daughter. VERY graphic, VERY triggering.

Eyes Wide Shut

Movie

Women are treated as sexual slaves to men. Enough to trigger me.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Book/Movie

Main character talks to friend about raping a young girl, although it is only said so that his friend will get rid of the girl (she is not raped) the conversation still made me sick.

Festen

Movie

About father/son and father/daughter incest. Nothing graphic. Very good movie, but can be triggering.

Fight Club

Movie

The climax of this film can be very triggering for someone diagnosed with D.I.D., it is also, as the title suggests, rather violent.

Fight For Justice: The Nancy Conn Story

Made for TV Movie

I think this may be a true story. Nancy, and a relative are raped, but the relative does not survive the attack. Movie centers around what happens when the rapist is paroled.

Flowers in the Attic

Book/Movie

Incest between a brother and sister. Discusses incestuous relationship that follows the first sexual encounter. Made me sick to my stomach. Be careful.

For My Daughter's Honor

Movie

This is about a 15 year old female student being involved with her 30 year old teacher. Deals with sexual assault.

Forrest Gump

Movie

Gump's friend Jenny is molested by her father and becomes a drug addict and suicidal because of it. In one scene she has a breakdown in front of her childhood home.

Foxfire

Movie

This film deals with a group of girls who go out and assault a teacher because he is sexually assaulting many teens in the school. This movie shows a small part where the teacher is actually rubbing and such. He gets his butt kicked though, so I am happy. An awesome movie!

Freeway

Movie

Main character is sexually abused by her stepfather, picked up by a pedophile when she runs away, and pressured into lesbian sexual contact by a fellow inmate. Graphic violence.

Freeway 2

Movie

A direct to video sequel to the original freeway and there is a lot of incest stuff in this movie.

The General's Daughter

Movie

Graphic rape scene. I have been warned by several people about this movie. I have not seen it, as I was told that it would upset me too much to watch it.

Get Carter

Movie

Insinuated rape, and you see the after effects of what the girl is going through, triggered me severely.

Gia

Movie

There is a scene where she is attacked and raped. The camera pans away as it's happening, but it's still disturbing.

G.I. Jane

Movie

Attempted rape.

Girl Interrupted

Book/Movie

A girl commits suicide when she is confronted about father raping her and her liking it. It plays a very small roll in the movie and it is otherwise EXCELLENT, but if you have fresh wounds like I do, it's enough to make you throw up and cry.

Girl's Town

Movie

About a teen girl who was raped and commits suicide. Her friends fight back against rapists in the movie. Can be healing but triggering at the same time.

Gladiator

Movie

Disturbing reference to the rape of the main character's wife.

Gods And Monsters

Movie

Homosexual rape.

The Good Girl

Movie

In one scene, a man blackmails Jennifer Aniston's character into having sex with him. the camera shows her laying stiff beneath him, staring at the ceiling while he is having sex with her. Very triggering and disturbing.

Gossip

Movie

Central theme is the rape of one of the characters.

Grave Vengeance

Movie

Horrible movie comparable to "I Spit On Your Grave", only the vengeful heroine doesn't kill the guys who did it, and ends up going insane. Terrible movie.

The Green Mile

Book/Movie

Movie which contains the story told about the conviction of a man for the rape and murder of two small 7 year old sisters in the South. The man was falsely committed but shared the same prison area with the man whom really committed this sexual crime only he was there for other reasons. Can be very triggering!

Hands of A Stranger

Made for TV Movie

A rape victim struggles through the trial experience, meanwhile her "supportive" husband is sleeping with the prosecutor.

Hard Candy

Movie

It was about a survivor (its implied) who got revenge. Deals VERY graphically with rape and child abuse. You probably would be ambushed by it.

Hearts in Atlantis

Movie

Rape seen and heard.

Heaven and Earth

Movie

Rape.

Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer

Movie

Very TRIGGERING! Incest.

Higher Learning

Movie

A girl's partner has sex with her, refusing to use protection.

The Hole

Movie

This is a brilliant film, but there are scenes that I find triggering. Very early on, there is a graphic scene of a girl being examined for signs of rape. Later on there are scenes of another girl being coaxed into having sex with 2 boys. I found this triggering.

Hollow Man

Movie

Scientists make this guy invisible and he decides to use his new found power to go around raping and murdering women. Terrible movie.

Holocaust

Made for TV Movie

There's a rape scene of a young Jewish girl.

Home and Away

Soap Opera

Home and Away of all places seems to have "cashed in" on this subject lately. A 16 year old girl was raped by a boy from her year. I have found this triggering as it was very close to home. Scenes of him harassing her, and of her going through the pain. They should put trigger warnings on programmers like this! There will no doubt be more to come with the court case, so if you watch home and away, be prepared.

Homicide: Life On The Street

Television Show

Periodically deals with rape/murders. But there is a Detective, Bayliss, who is a molestation survivor. Many episodes deal with him being triggered by child sex crimes, his relationship to his abuser, and his bisexuality issues. Triggering for me because like Bayliss, my abuse centered around holidays, birthdays, and family events.

The Hotel New Hampshire

Movie

For the moment I only know the film. Includes a gang rape scene, brother-sister-incest, a young girl wearing a bear costume after her rape and a revenge scene. Sometimes quite graphic, but (at least to me) not really triggering...worth seeing it if you can.

The House of Yes

Movie

A LOT of incest: brother and sister.

I spit on your Grave

Movie

Particularly sick but that is obvious from the packaging. Don't even think about watching this movie.

In the Best Interest of the Child

Made for TV movie

This is so sad!! A father if sexually abusing his daughter and the mother fights to keep him away from her only to find the judge does NOTHING! So then the mother is charged with kidnapping when she takes her daughter away from this maniac! The mother hid the daughter with her aunt and the mother is still in prison.

Invalid Litter Dept.

Song/Music Video

Video and song tell about the nearly 600 rape/murders in Juarez, Mexico. Probably the most disturbing part is the crime scenes. Mexico does not clean up their crime scenes well, so in the video you often see shoes or purses of the victims, still there years after the murder.

Janie's Got A Gun

Song/Music Video

This Aerosmith song/video deals with a girl being molested and raped by her father. She ultimately kills him for what he did. One scene where you see her while he does these things to her. Overall, a very good song and tastefully dealt with video.

Jezebel's Kiss

Movie

Rape.

Joan of Arc

Movie

Rape scene.

Johnny Belinda

Motion Picture

Box-office hit motion picture about a woman with a hearing impairment, based on a play by Elmer Harris. Jane Wyman won an Academy Award for her performance as the hearing-impaired, mute woman Belinda McDonald in this film, which was released in 1948. The people of McDonalds hometown assume she is not intelligent until a kind doctor (played by Lew Ayres) teaches her sign language. After the town bully (Stephen McNally) rapes McDonald, she gives birth to a son who she names Johnny Belinda, and the townspeople suspect that the doctor is the childs father. When the bully tries to take the baby away from McDonald, she kills him and is tried for murder.

K-Pax

Movie

All in all a very good movie, but there is one scene that shows a house being broken into and then a woman that has been raped. Also discusses the rape and what was not shown was just as bad as what was. Can be potentially very triggering - this happens towards the end of the movie, I did not expect to see anything like this. Stay safe while watching it.

Kalifornia

Movie

Rape.

Kids

Movie

Character is raped by a friend while she is passed out. Very graphic scene.

Killer-A journal of murder

Movie

Rape.

Kiss the Girls

Book/Movie

Very graphic depictions of rape. Very very triggering. I do not recommend this, especially the book, to any survivor.

LA Confidential

Movie

Rape of girl plays small part, but the condition she is found in is graphic hence triggering.

Last House on the Left

Movie

Rape. VERY Triggering.

Last Tango in Paris

Movie

A scene which could be construed as anal rape.

Law & Order: Special Victims' Unit

Television Show

The focus of the show is sex crimes. It is a wonderful show, but can be triggering.

Leaving Las Vegas

Movie

Deals with suicide, includes graphic rape scene(s). Very sad and disturbing also to friends of mine who have no rape/abuse experience, but still one of my favorite movies.

Les Minets Sauvages

Movie

Gang rape committed by Arab prison gang on white French inmates in Paris-jail.

Liars' Club

Movie

Graphic rape.

Liar Liar

Lifetime T.V. Movie

A young girl gets revenge on father by telling school of abuse, everyone thinks she is lying but it turns out in the end that she is telling the truth. Rape scene.

L.I.E.

Movie

This movie is about a young boy who becomes friends with a pedophile. No actual sex scenes are shown but it is disturbing nonetheless. the most disturbing part is when one boy talks about sleeping with his sister. The movie treats it as if it is a weird thing to do, but not wholly unacceptable. The audience, I was with laughed, at the repeated incest comments.

Lipstick

Movie

Marguex Hemingway and her sister Mariel were in this '76 flick. Music teacher of younger Mariel meets with older sister and model Marguex to try to persuade her to listen to his original music, to secure a record deal(?). After she takes a phone call, interrupting their meeting, he becomes hostile, offering a slanderous remark, and when she angrily orders him out, he attacks her. Very graphic assault/rape scene. Tries to scare/ reduce her before the rape. Later in the movie, after unsuccessfully prosecuting him, he is let free. He rapes younger sister. Older one goes after him with shotgun conveniently stored in her jeep. She blasts his balls, then him, away. Loved the ending anyway.

Locura De Amor

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Girl is raped by her teacher.

Lolita

Movie

This one is difficult to categorize, but deals with what is by definition child sexual abuse.

Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Movie

Diane Keaton plays a woman in New York in the 70's. She's very sexually adventurous in an escapism kind of way. most of the film was OK, a few fights between her and men, but the end of the film is a horrible, horrible scene where she gets raped and stabbed to death. I'm still shaking and I watched it hours ago.

Loveline

Radio Show

This show is bipolar in nature. On the one hand there is great advice and compassion for survivors from Dr. Drew, on the other, there is the occasional disgusting rape or incest joke from Adam. Listen with caution.

Macbeth

Movie

When the murderers are killing Lady Macduff, the scene goes to the hallway where men are raping women. I watched this in English and had to leave the room.

Macon County Jail

Movie

Very very graphic rape scene.

Mad Max

Movie

Rape Scene.(Seen at a distance)

Man Bites Dog

Movie

French mock-documentary about a hit man with a scene where criminals gang rape a women while forcing her husband to watch. Also, graphically displayed aftermath of a female anal rape/murder victim's body.

The Man Next Door

Movie

Rapist out on parole.

The Marquise of O

Motion Picture

Motion picture about a widowed marquise who becomes pregnant, based on a novella by Heinrich Wilhelm Von Kleist. Released in 1976, the French and German production won the Cannes Film Festival Grand Special Prix du Jury. When Russian troops capture the marquise (played by Edith Cleaver), the count (Bruno Ganz) frees her from them and saves her from rape. Later, she discovers she is pregnant, and that the count raped her while she was heavily drugged.

The Maxx

Cartoon Series

The series focuses on a woman who was raped and in order to repress it makes up a fantasy world with a superhero, the Maxx. Episode 2 in the series is especially triggering when the girl discusses what happened to her. I found the series healing in a way, but also very hard to watch.

Memento

Movie

Story about a man who has lost his memory and is seeking revenge for his raped and murdered wife. Done in flashbacks, rape is not explicitly shown, but always present, graphic violence. Disturbing end but yet a great film.

The Messenger

Movie

Good movie about Joan of Arc but very violent and includes a graphic rape scene.

Mi Destino Eres Tu

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Girl is drugged and raped. She becomes pregnant, and dies as a result of a back door abortion.

Moulin Rouge

Movie

Attempted rape scene.

Mujeres Enganadas

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Attempted Rape. The victim is also nearly forced into doing porn by her drug dealer.

Nail Gun Massacre

Movie

Cheesy 80s slasher flick. The opening scene is a woman being gang-raped by construction workers.

Never Talk To Strangers

Movie

Deals with a woman therapist suffering from MPD. Triggers flashbacks of childhood molestation. Portrays all DID cases as psychos. Not a good movie to watch while going through therapy for multiple personality disorder.

The Ninth Configuration

Movie

Off camera sexual assault of a male psychiatric patient followed by graphic violence - an excellent film though, but I found this particular scene triggering.

No child of mine

Movie

Terrible child abuse scenes of a young girl being raped and forced by her father into prostitution. Sadly based on a true story.

Not Another Teen Movie

Movie

Incest...Although it is a fun movie with no plot, there are many sexual references and could be triggering towards people sensitive to subjects on incest. Also a guy in the movie is trying to change the look of a "nerd." This could effect people who are uncomfortable with men having power over women.

Nuts

Movie

Trial about the incest of main character.

O

Movie

There is a scene where the main character forcefully penetrates her after she pleads with him to stop.

Once Were Warriors

Movie

Although it's primarily about domestic violence, the daughter of the father is raped in her bed by one of her father's friends. She withdraws completely afterwards, during the following days. Soon after, one night, her father finds her hanging by a rope - suicide - in their garden. The parents break down sobbing, and that night, they go through her room where her father finds her diary. He sits there and reads all she has written (about the rape). He ends up bashing his friend to death. I felt completely sick after this film. It's probably one of the most disturbing movies I've ever seen in my whole life.

Original Sin

Movie

There are some scenes where Angelina Jolie's character is "paying" by having sex with some guy.

Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story

Made for TV Movie

Woman is abused as a child and turns into a serial killer whose victims are men who picked her up along the roads.

OZ

HBO series

Male/prison rape in a lot of episodes; also, a female doctor was raped this season. Good series but triggering

Paris Trout

Movie

Saw this a LONG time ago but I still remember it well. Has Dennis Hopper I think. I remember at least one scene where Dennis' character rapes his wife anally with a beer bottle. Very very disturbing.

Patch Adams

Movie

Reference to incest. Scene with self injury.

Pearl Harbor

Movie

Father hits son towards the beginning of the movie. This movie was very triggering to my girlfriend.

Perfect Blue

Movie

There are rape scenes in this movie, even though. In the movie, they are shooting a movie, and it is animation. It can be very triggering. It's really hard to watch sometimes,but the plot is actually really amazing.

Perfect Body

Movie

Upsetting for people with eating disorders, it is a good film but I found it very hard to watch and it triggered "fat" feelings.

Pink Floyd-The Wall

Movie

I found this movie very triggering with the subjects of self-mutilations and a rape scene that is repeated throughout the end of the movie.

Platoon

Movie

Very graphic war movie. But there is also a very graphic rape scene. Very graphic killings.

The Preppie Murder

Made for TV Movie

True story of Jennifer Levin, who was raped and murdered.

Pretty Woman

Movie

This is the 'Pretty Woman', starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, has a scene of attempted rape.

The Price She Paid

Made for TV Movie

It was about a woman who was raped - got pregnant - he got put in jail - she kept and raised the baby - 12 yrs later he gets out of prison and seeks joint custody of the child.

Priest

Movie

Very intense, very controversial film. There is discussion and depiction of a father who rapes his daughter.

Prince of Tides

Movie

Graphic Rape bad for male and female survivors. Although it is about a catharsis wherein someone learns to deal with the past. Very triggering but ultimately uplifting. Also triggering for those who have been sexually abused by therapists, since the doctor crossed boundaries and had sex with a patient.

Prison Sex

Song/Music Video

The song (by TOOL, and written by a male survivor)is a graphic portrayal of sexual abuse. The video itself is far more subtle, but still very disturbing. Sends chills up my spine.

Pulp Fiction

Movie

Graphic rape of a male, it is shown and then intercepted but still pretty bad.

Quiet Days in Hollywood

Movie

Rape.

Quills

Movie

This film, and it's climatic attempted rape/death seen for the central female character, had me disturbed for days. It was certainly triggering.

Ramona

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

A little girl is raped and murdered. Trial scene, complete with graphic flashbacks.

Rashomon

Motion Picture

Japanese motion picture about the murder of a samurai, the rape of his wife, and the trial that follows. Released in 1950, the film was based on stories by Akutagawa Ryunosuke and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The movie won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival as well as an honorary Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It established Kurosawas career as a prominent director. During the 12th century, a man and his wife are attacked in a forest. The four witnesses tell their different versions of the event during the rape trial.

Requiem for a Dream

Movie

The sex for drugs scenes were disturbing.

Rider on the Rain

Motion Picture

French motion picture about a woman, a rapist, and a mysterious investigator. Released in 1970, the film was directed by Reni Climent and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. After Melancolie Mau (played by Marlene Jobert) is raped, she kills her attacker. An American investigator (Charles Bronson) looking for her assailant shows up on her doorstep and tells her that the man escaped from prison in the United States and stole tens of thousands of dollars from the government. The investigator accuses Mau of murder and demands that she give him the money.

Rob Roy

Movie

Rape scene.

Rosemary's Baby

Movie

A married woman is tied to a bed and raped by the Devil.

Salvador

Movie

There is one scene about the rape and murder of nuns who were helping the people of El Salvador during their revolution. This is a true story, and the scene was shocking to anyone with any sensitivity, but can be triggering.

Santa Sangre

Movie

Incest.

Saturday Night Fever

Movie

Rape.

Schindler's List

Movie

Rape.

Scum

Movie

A young male inmate is gang raped shown in full. Officer sees it, but turn blind eye.

Secret Cutting

Made for TV Movie

Huge self injury issues. Filled with graphic scenes of cutting. Very hard to watch for cutters.

The Secret She Carried

Made for TV Movie

Rape victim gives birth to child as a result, putting a strain on her marriage. Rapist returns to steal the baby.

Seven

Movie

I walked out of the room for this one - rough sex scene as well as graphic, disturbing rape (talked about, but not show).

The Shaming

Movie

Anne Heywood stars as a 1950's high school teacher named Ms. Wyckoff. One day after school, she gets raped by a black janitor named Rafe. Soon she begins having sex with Rafe everyday. Good but disturbing movie which shows the prejudices of America during this time period. It's disturbing in the fact that Ms. Wyckoff starts a relationship with the man that raped her.

The Shawshank Redemption

Movie

Not shown, insinuated prison rape.

She Fought Alone

Made for TV Movie

It's got Kelly from 'Saved By the Bell' in it. It's about this girl who is raped, by supposedly hanging out with the wrong crowd. No one believes her, the one who raped her tortures her and in the end she goes to court.

She Woke Up Pregnant

Made for TV Movie

Rape.

The Shipping News

Movie

Wonderful and uplifting film, but there is a scene that shows a character in flashback as a twelve year old being raped by her brother. Its somewhat brief, but still upsetting.

Showgirls

Movie

Graphic, violent gang-rape occurs near end of movie.

Silencing Mary

Made for TV Movie

Hot shot college football star rapes a girl, but her roommate fights back.

Sleepers

Movie

Child rape.

Sleeping with the Enemy

Movie

Marital Rape.

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries

Movie

Very graphic rape scene.

Something About Amelia

Made for TV Movie

An eldest daughter being molested by her father, played by Ted Danson.

Sonadores

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Rape and its aftermath. Also teen girls sleeping with their teachers. One character grapples with anorexia.

The Sopranos

HBO series

This is a really good show but in the episode titled "Employee Of The Month" there is a very graphic and disturbing rape scene that takes place in a parking garage. It happens very suddenly about halfway through the show. Since the show is a series, and it happened to a very pivotal character, there are going to be references to it throughout the rest of the shows season. Be prepared!

Spetters

Movie

Film deals with the motor cross circuit in Holland; brother of female lead character participates in male gang rape of biker after catching him in a blackmail scheme...somewhat graphic.

Stand Against Fear: A Moment of Truth Movie

Made for TV Movie

High school football players molest a girl, and when she speaks out, the community harasses her.

Star 80

Movie

Story of Dorothy Stratten - how she's sexually abused and raped by her husband. Horrible bondage stuff - she ends up getting murdered.

Stir of Echoes

Movie

It has Kevin Bacon in it. His sister in law hypnotizes him and afterwards he sees this ghost. His son can also see her. She's trying to tell them something. He starts digging up his back yard looking for her body. He finally finds it in his basement in the wall. When he touches the body he sees the whole rape scene and what happened to her.

Strange Days

Movie

A fairly graphic rape scene which I know was disturbing to several of my friends. I don't remember the scene as being entirely central to the film, and is is a good movie.

Strangeland

Movie

About a schizophrenic sexual sadist who's fantasy is to "educate" young people through tribal rituals/body piercing, ect. There are two lines in the movie that refer to one of his prisoners being raped.

Straw Dogs

Movie

Rape scene of a married woman by her ex-boyfriend and his friends. Graphic but also ambiguous-very disturbing.

Striptease

Movie

Graphic repeated rape scene where the woman is unable to escape, even though she's at a party. Very triggering. Admittedly, this is hardly a family film anyway.

Sybil

Book/Movie

Child Sexual Abuse.

Terror in Badham County

Movie

Has a rape scene I found particularly disturbing although it wasn't graphic at all. Terrible movie, too.

Thelma & Louise

Motion Picture

Motion picture about two women whose weekend away from the chauvinistic men in their lives turns into a wild, outlawed road trip. Released in 1991, this Academy Award-winning film was the subject of much controversy and cultural examination regarding the status of women in the United States. Thelma (played by Geena Davis) talks her married pal Louise (Susan Sarandon) into sneaking away from her foolish but domineering husband for a weekend away. When Louise has a run-in with a rapist at a truck stop, Thelma shoots and kills the man. Not trusting the police to believe their side of the story, the two women attempt to flee to Mexico, dropping their feminine social conventions and holding up some convenience stores on the way. They also meet a handsome outlaw and teach some sexist men a lesson or two. Meanwhile, the law rallies in pursuit of the women, led by the dogged but understanding lawman Hal (Harvey Keitel), who believes the women can get a fair trial if they turn themselves in.

Things Behind the Sun

Movie

This movie is about a singer who was gang-raped when she was 14.

The Third Twin

Made for TV Movie

Several scenes of rape and/or attempted rape. Also has a victim confronted by her attacker and identifying him in a criminal line up....good movie....but VERY TRIGGERING!!

A Thousand Acres

Book/Movie

The book/movie surrounds three sisters dealing with incest. Not shown but the whole movie is about this topic.

Tightrope

Movie

A detective investigating a series of serial rapes has dark fantasies that disturb him (about rape). He has them until his ten year old daughter becomes the rapist's next victim. The condition she's found in triggered me.

A Time to Kill

Book/Movie

It is about a 13yr old black girl who was raped by 2 white men, because of what they did she would never be able to have kids. This was a very disturbing film as it shows what animals and lack of justice there is out there.

Titus

Movie

This is based on the Shakespeare play that is partially about a rape. I was assigned to see it for a class and there is a rape scene which afterwards the girl has her tongue and hands cut off.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Motion Picture

Motion picture about a Southern lawyer who defends a black man in a rape trial, based on a novel by Harper Lee. Released in 1962, the film earned Academy Awards for best writing, best actor, and best art direction. A six-year-old girl (played by Mary Badham) narrates the story of how racial tensions in her Alabama town skyrocketed while her father Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) defended a black man falsely accused of raping.

Tommy

Movie

Child Sexual Abuse.

Traffic

Movie

There is a scene with the girl having sex with her dealer then he gives her heroin (or some kind of drug) that got her unconscious, and then he had sex with her. Without her consent.

Tres Mujeres

Soap Opera (Spanish Language)

Main character Fatima is the victim of attempted date rape at least twice. She is eventually raped and beaten to a pulp by a "good friend".

Turn The Page

Song/Music Video

I love Metallica, but this video of theirs, which features the beating and rape of a prostitute with her daughter in the next room, is too much for me as a molestation survivor.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with me

Movie

You have to have seen the series to be able to discern the fact that the father isn't the one raping her-it is really a spirit that possessed him. There is rape either way.

Ultimate Betrayal

Made for TV Movie

Based on a true story, a family is torn apart when two adult sisters decide to take their father to court for sexually abusing them as children. It is revealed, as the story progresses, that the father severally abused all six children, and committed incest with all four of his daughters. The movie includes graphic descriptions and scenes of the abuse, which are disturbing.

Unbreakable

Movie

Rape is not shown, but is insinuated, against a drunk girl at a party. Also, a murderer has tied two kids and a woman to radiators in their home. Triggering. These scenes come as a surprise given the context of the movie. Careful.

Under Hellgate Bridge

Movie

There is a scene where a man sodomizes a woman on a table against her will.

Under Suspicion

Movie

This is a film centering around a police interrogation of a suspect in a child-rape and murder trial. Large sections of the film maybe triggering: as the feature fairly graphic depictions of possible molestations, sexual contact with young prostitutes, and descriptions of rape.

Untamed Heart

Movie

Attempted rape scene.

Unspeakable Acts

Made for TV Movie

About sexual abuse in a daycare setting.

Usual Suspects

Movie

Intense, dream-like rape scene. Very violent. But overall, the film is excellent.

U-turn

Movie

Incest or rape talked about.

Very Bad Things

Movie

Stars Camaron Diaz and Christian Slater. In the beginning of the movie, a prostitute is murdered during sex. The rest of the movie deals with the characters trying to cover it up and turning on each other. It was a very disturbing film.

The Watcher

Movie

No rape at all, but the serial killer hiding in the victims' house disturbed me more than some rape scenes in other films.

We were the Mulvaney's Acts

Lifetime Movie

Graphic/violent rape scene with the most accurate attempt of showing what a flashback is like, that i have ever seen. Be very careful viewing this.

What Lies Beneath

Movie

Wonderful ghost story but depicts older college professor having an affair with a female student.

What's Love Got to Do With It

Movie

Tina Turner bio-pic. Very realistic, matter-of-fact rape scene.

Welcome to the Dollhouse

Movie

Perhaps this is another movie with the same title. There's a scene where a young teenager threatens to rape the main character, a young teenage girl. Later, he asks her to meet him so he can rape her. She meets him, he doesn't rape her, and they develop a relationship of sorts. Very triggering, also because of the emotional abuse the girl suffers from her peers and family.

When Rabbit Howls

Book/Movie

Very in depth discussion of step-father/step-daughter incest. Very graphic. Excellent book/movie if you can stomach it.

Where the heart is

Movie

Incest discussed.

Whore

Movie

Very graphic rape scene.

Wolf

Movie

Attempted rape scene.

Woodstock '99

Concert
(Bootleg Video)

If you watch this, please take care of yourself during the Limp Bizkit set. If you have keen eyes, you may see girls who have just been raped/molested being pulled out of the mosh pit. The looks on their faces may trigger.

The World According to Garp

Book/Movie

Haven't read the book yet, but the whole film deals with abuse/violence matters. As far as I remember not explicitly shown. Wonderful and healing to me.




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