bones rape episode
by Ali Berman
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Emily Deschanel’s show “Bones” has been tackling murder with a sense of humor for eight seasons. But last night, the show felt a little more serious, perhaps because in addition to the murder victim, there was also a survivor.

In one of the many twists and turns, the audience finds out that a teenage girl was raped at a party. Even though she told her mother what happened, because she was drugged and didn’t know who did it, her mother told her to stay quiet and not report it. The girl trusts Dr. Sweets with her secret, and in addition to solving the murder, the Jeffersonian gang solves the rape.

Star of the show, Emily Deschanel, tweeted today about the content of the episode. She wrote, “If you saw last night’s ep of #Bones & this has happened to you, there is help. Call 800-656-HOPE or go to: http://rainn.org .”

“Bones” writer Dean Lopata teamed up with RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and, according to the organization, “worked closely with RAINN to develop an understanding of the aftermath of a sexual assault in order to create an accurate portrayal of the crime.”

Deschanel also did a PSA for the organization that aired during the show.

Lopata said about the partnership, “The support and encouragement from RAINN was vital to the writing of this episode. Considering a major segment of the Bones audience fits squarely in the most at-risk group — girls fifteen to nineteen years old — we all felt compelled to tell this story. If one girl who has been sexually assaulted sees the episode and gets help, the episode was worth it.”

The fifteen year old girl in the episode found someone to talk to. Thankfully, RAINN makes it so everyone experiencing something as scary and isolating as rape can find a friend and a supportive voice to talk to.

We love “Bones” for doing a great job of discussing important issues while keeping true to the story and the characters. Previous examples include the illegal wildlife trade and factory farming.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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