Storylines featuring male sexual assault victims on television are changing what many people think of the crime.
Fans of the Starz drama Outlander won’t soon forget one particularly emotional scene from earlier this past season, when Jamie (Sam Heughan) explains to his wife (Caitriona Balfe) that his pain and suffering from the sexual assault at the sadistic hands of Captain Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) is not close to being over for him.
What’s revolutionary about the Outlander storyline is that the sexual assault victim is male — and also a lead character in a popular television drama. Additionally, the repercussions of the abuse and emotional ramifications are not being resolved in a swift 42 minutes or even a short-term arc — in Outlander’s case, the ramifications are dealt with in nearly every episode, a full season later. Reflecting reality, the pain that the victim experiences is something that doesn’t have an expiration date.