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POLL: Was The ‘Private Practice’ Rape Scene Too Graphic?


November’s Nielsen Sweeps ends this Wednesday, and last Thursday brought Private Practice‘s three-week rape story line to an end.

(Well, sort of. The story will actually carry on throughout the rest of the season, but for some intents and purposes – *coughsweepscough* – the bulk of the story is over.)

Thus far, everyone involved in the story arc (the writers, cast, crew, and the show’s executive producer, Shonda Rhimes) seems to be pleased with the ways in which the subject matter was handled. You might think, “Well, of course they are. It’s their paycheck, after all,” but outside sources are contributing to their back-patting, too.

For example, in a follow-up interview, KaDee Strickland (who plays Private Practice’s rape victim, Dr. Charlotte King) tells’s Jennifer Armstrong:

The woman from the rape treatment here at UCLA, who I worked with [to research the role] – for her to reach out and say to me that she’s never seen it depicted that way, that was just jaw-dropping. It was a great point of pride for both Shonda Rhimes and myself. And in like kind, the RAINN hotline has just been booming.

However, I read numerous comments on various blogs and websites (such as many left under’s Nussbaum post on the first episode) that’ve lead me to believe not everyone is so thrilled.

Specifically, lots of viewers seem to think it was just too graphic.

Did you watch Private Practice’s three-episode rape story line? If so, what’d you think?

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POLL: Was The ‘Private Practice’ Rape Scene Too Graphic?

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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