The Handmaid's Tale (2017) 
TV Show
TV Show
Updated: April 27, 2023
No rape or sexual assault
Rape or sexual assault mentioned, discussed, implied
Sexual harassment e.g non-consensual grabbing, touching, cat-calling)
Sexual relationship between adult and teenager
Child sex abuse
Attempted rape
Rape off-screen or strongly implied
Rape on-screen


The story of The Handmaids Tale is set in a dystopian future where due to declining fertility rates, fertile women are conscripted into becoming 'Handmaids.' This involves state-sanctioned rape and, as such, rape and sexual violence/control are running themes throughout the show. Related themes include female genital mutilation, sex trafficking and domestic violence. S1E1: mention of campus sexual assault (16:00-17:00). Description of gang-rape, by the victim; a group of women are compelled to tell her that this was her fault (25:00-27:00). Ceremonial rape on-screen (ceremony begins at 28:30, sexual contact and direct aftermath from 29:20-32:30). A man who has been convicted of rape is presented to a crowd of women for punishment, and the nature of his crime is described (42:20-45:50). S1E2: episode begins with ceremonial rape on-screen (until the 2:00 minute mark). S1E4: ceremonial rape on-screen (ceremony begins at 26:10, sexual contact between 29:00-29:45, although no actual intercourse occurs). S1E5: ceremonial rape on-screen (ceremony begins at 19:50, sexual contact between 22:40-24:10). This process is repeated with a different man, with the ceremony beginning at 26:50 and sexual contact occurring between 27:25-28:18. S1E6: a man tells a woman to kiss him. She complies, but it is clear that declining is not an option and she is disturbed by the encounter (23:30-24:45). Discussion of rape, explicit description (42:51-43:00). Mention of rape (46:40-46:50). S1E8: a man sexually assaults a woman on-screen (31:30-32:30). Much of this episode takes place in a brothel/sex club where it is made clear that women are forced to work. Various sexual acts and encounters between these women and men visiting the club are shown on-screen. Although none of the women physically resist the men, it is clear that they have no ability to reject their advances. S1E9: ceremonial rape on-screen (ceremony begins at 22:25, sexual contact and direct aftermath from 22:50-23:20). The victim is visibly distressed and resistant. Rape on-screen 23:35-24:25, with the direct aftermath of this event shown until 25:40. S1E10: mention of rape (34:40-34:50). S2E5: a group of adolescent girls are married off to adult men. S2E6: an adult and adolescent (15) have marital sex. The scene includes the preparation and the direct aftermath (37:14-40:37). S2E8: the episode recap shows on-screen rape(1:13-1:20). A woman is asked to testify against her abusers. Her testimony includes an extended description of the rape and abuse she endured (17:00-22:40). S2E10: ceremonial rape on-screen (1:30-3:20). A man violently rapes a pregnant woman (26:00-30:10). S4E1: a child describes how several men sexually abused her (33:10-35:00). S4E4: a woman is forced to gived a handjob (37:05-38:00). S4E7: a woman rapes her husband on-screen (41:40-43:20). S4E10: the recap includes scenes of rape (0:00-1:40). There is also an on-screen rape at 07:05-07:20.

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