If you’re a fan of ABC on Thursday nights, chances are you caught last night’s episode of Private Practice. More specifically, chances are you caught the end of last night’s episode of Private Practice.

And, if you didn’t, maybe you should.

Private Practice‘s executive producer Shonda Rhimes (who is also the creator of Grey’s Anatomy) is by far no stranger to tackling tough issues on either show. From alcoholism and drug addiction to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, Rhimes has covered a lot over the years.

However, this season she’s really digging deeper than just an episode or two dealing with a patient or main character. Take Cristina Yang, for example, who’s still struggling with PTSD after the hospital shooting that took place during last season’s finale. (You can read more on last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy – another must-see – at the writer’s official blog.)

Of course, Rhimes and her team of writers aren’t leaving out Private Practice.

In a nutshell, last night’s episode ended with a main character, Dr. Charlotte King (played by KaDee Strickland) being brutally attacked as she left her office to go home. The whole scene took just a few seconds, but according to’s Michael Ausiello, who spoke with Rhimes, those few seconds portraying the beginning of a rape have opened the door to what’s going to be a “season-long story line that will touch every character on the show.”

What’s so different about this story line, especially compared to similar story lines on past television shows?

Well, according to Rhimes:

A lot of violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement, as opposed to standing in the shoes of the actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them.

This is true. Not of every show, but of many. I’m interested to see how this unfolds.

Ausiello also had the chance to talk with Strickland about her role; you can read the interview online.

I imagine this subject will be difficult, perhaps impossible, for some viewers. If you’re not interested in viewing last night’s episode, or any of the ones that follow, but you’re still interested (or in need) of information, be sure to check out these resources:

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