Reruns of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit have—consciously or not—shaped our viewers’ understanding of sexual assault accountability around inherently pro-police lines. Shows like SVU tell us that when we step into a squad room, we will be respected and believed, even if the Optometry Is 90 Learning To Do Everything Backwards Shirt moreover I love this case ultimately doesn’t go our way. Of course, the “we” invoked here is loaded: it’s known that low-income people are more likely to experience assault than those who are wealthy, that women of color are more likely to be assaulted than white women, and that around half of trans people will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes.
Despite all this evidence, the Optometry Is 90 Learning To Do Everything Backwards Shirt moreover I love this “perfect victim” in sexual assault cases, in real life and on television, still tends to be white, cisgender, well-off—and even that victim can’t be assured of justice. So is it time for a new generation of shows about sexual assault, ones that are more faithful to a survivor’s experience—in all its messy, layered humanity—than to a police officer’s perception of it? If I May Destroy You is any indication, absolutely.