Review: 13 Reasons Why
Erica Wheeler, Plainsmen Post Staff
April 13, 2017
13 Reasons Why is a gut wrenchingly emotional series that focuses on difficult issues such as suicide, sexual assault, and bullying. This series does not minimalize the importance of these issues, it does not shy away from the uncomfortable parts of the show. It should be uncomfortable to watch but we have to talk about these things.
The rape scenes are graphic but important, specifically the two ways the rape scenes go down. The first assault happens while a girl is intoxicated and cannot consent, she does not explicitly say no but she is unconscious and that does not mean free game. If a person is in a state of mind and cannot say yes, they cannot say no either. The second assault is important because the girl in this scene doesn’t explicitly say no but it is obviously clear she did not consent either and once again a person just not saying no does not mean free game. The girl in this scene says that in that moment she already felt dead which you can see in the way the scene is filmed and the viewer is forced to see her almost disassociate with herself. Rape is never okay and it is important to not downplay the severity of sexual assaults.
The suicide scene is graphic but it is important to not shy away from those scenes. The series shows the way her life went downhill so fast and how all the little things that people did to her piled up until she felt like she was drowning. Some things were more impactful than others but regardless it is important to be kind to each other because you also never know what is going on in someone else’s life. If just one person had made more of an effort to be kind to Hannah, she might have reached out or not felt as bad. Who knows, but if all the kids had not treated her as poorly as they had she would have never felt so low that suicide was the only solution.
The show also focuses on the way different people cope with such a tragedy and highlights how the guilt effects each of the characters. Often after a person commits suicide others who were close to that person are at a higher risk of committing suicide themselves which is an issue addressed in this series as well.
This is an important show for anyone to watch, and an even better book to read because we all go through things and sometimes we need help dealing with life. Having these conversations with people about sensitive issues can help stop the next person from committing suicide, or even help other people think twice before saying and doing harmful things to other people.
If you or anyone you know demonstrates signs of possibly wanting to commit suicide, please call the hotline or talk to someone. You are never alone and can always get through what is going on.
If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone that has been assaulted after contacting authorities or going to the hospital, please call this hotline need help coping and it is never the victim’s fault.
Suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National sexual assault hotline: 1-800-656-4673
A local resource Hutchinson-County Crisis Center # is 806-677-1701
Located at 300 W 6th Street #126B, Borger, Texas.