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Triggering Media: Books

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Title Medium Comments
Book
Contains graphic scene of attempted rape, describes the woman's fear and revulsion in awful, telling detail. Very TRIGGERING.
After Silence
Book
Very, very good book. Well written and helped me heal a lot, but very triggering. Very positive messages for survivors, but be prepared to work through some serious stuff with this one.
Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape
Book
The first book written on rape from a feminist viewpoint, Against Our Will discusses the politics of rape, which includes graphic descriptions of assualt.
The Alienist
Book
A male survivor of a childhood rape becomes a serial killer, and writes letters to the press and the families of his preteen all male prostitute victims announcing he did not rape them because it would be "filthy".
American Psycho
Book/Movie
Very graphic. Very triggering.
Antigone
Play
Incest and lots of suicide. Sequel to Oedipus at Colonus.
Are You in the House Alone
Book
It's about a girl being stalked then raped by the son who is part of the wealthiest most respected family in town. And the injustice of it.
Book
My humanities class read this, but just reading the summary was triggering.deals with incest, the son ends up in a disturbing relationship with his little sister's friend's mom. The kids were both physically and sexually abused.
Bastard Out Of Carolina
Book/Movie
Throughout the movie there is child abuse but there is a very very disturbing scene where a little girl gets raped by her step-father. I have never been sexually assaulted but this movie made me walk out of the room.
Beloved
Book
Woman is assaulted (two men hold her down and drink her breast milk).
Beulah Land
Book/Movie
multiple rape scenes. slaves raping women and soldiers raping women. awesome book, just triggering.
Black and Blue
Book
Woman is raped by her husband. It is a wonderful book but was highly triggering.
Black Elk Speaks
Book
Lakota holy man Black Elk describes the practice of kidnapping girls who didn't consent, or their parents didn't consent, to a marriage proposal. It's hinted that something must happen to the girl to "make it" so that her parents cannot object to the union. Spiritually enlightning book, just be careful while reading.
Blue Velvet
Book
Rape.
The Bluest Eye
Book
This book has two parts when the father Cholly rapes his 12 daughter Pecola. There are also several parts of graphic sex. Pecola goes insane after losing her father's baby ...i found this book very disturbing. i dont recommend this to any survivor.
The Book of the Mad (Part 4 of the Paradys series, by Tanith Lee)
Book
This is the only one I read of the Paradys tetralogy, but in it is the brutal rape of a "woman-child" named Hilde. This rape being after her endless soliliquy on how she loved and lusted for him. After the rape, she goes completely insane. Unfortunately I quit reading in there, so I don't know if she recovers. I doubt it though, the way the book was headed.
Brave New Girl
Book
Has a scene of rape with a man in his 20's and a 14 year old girl. Could be triggering.
Brave New World
Book
Lots of references to sex, people having sex freely with whoever they want ect. One chapter implies about a women being raped and screaming, and her son being locked in a closet. Parts of it were triggering to me. Other's just made me sick.
Broken Child
Book
Very graphic account of mother/daughter physical and sexual abuse.
Canterbury Tales:
The Wife of Bath
Book
Rape scene.
A Child Called It
Book
Well written book...describes with horrible details one story of child abuse made me cry for hours.
Daughter of Earth
Book
Rape scene.
Daughter of the Forest
Book
Main character gets gang-raped. I didn't feel like reading any further. I read somewhere that she turns out okay. though.
Dead Sleep
Book
A journalist is struggling with a gang rape in her past. This is a small part of the book, but powerful. Excellent book.
Death and the Maiden
Play/Movie
A political prisoner who was tortured and raped suspects that the man who's car broke down outside her house is her main abuser, so she captures and tortures him. A classical piece, called Death and the Maiden, triggers her because it was playing when she was raped.
Death of Innocence
Book
True story of two twelve year old girls who are raped and tortured, with one of them dying as a result.
Deerskin, by Robin McKinley
Book
Young woman is raped by her father (the king) and flees when her memories cause her mind to shatter -- very powerful, she wins out in the end, but hard, hard, hard to read. Triggered me half to death.
Diamonds are Forever
Book
By Ian Fleming. A James Bond book. There's a reference to the gang rape of the main female character, which caused her to become reclusive and hate men. She now helps a diamond smuggling gang to make ends meet. James Bond, for once, becomes sympathetic and tries to help the girl heal. She almost gets raped again, but Bond rescues her and kills her attackers.
Different Seasons
Book
The book contains four novellas: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption mentions prison rape, Apt Pupil has a dream rape scene, and rape is mentioned in The Body.
The Disappearence Of Lindsay Barrat
Book
Graphic gang rape scene and murders. Good book, but can be triggering.
Disgrace
Book
Rape. It's not graphic but the way in which the woman handles it is triggering.
Dr. No
Book/Movie
By Ian Fleming. Yes, it's a James Bond book. Both the book and the movie refer to an event in the main female character's life when she was raped by a villager, and got revenge by killing her rapist. The movie later implies that she was raped again by the film's villain (But it's unclear whether or not she actually was). Both the book and the movie are pretty boring, so save yourself the rental.
Book
Adoptive father-daughter incest. Insinuates that maybe daughter was somewhat consenting!
El Mar
Book/Movie
A Spanish movie, I don't even know if it's released elsewhere. Very disturbing, includes violence, several murders at the beginning, obsession, repression, religion...somehow i knew from the beginning that i had to expect rape there. Very graphic deaths. At the end there's a young man breaking free from his abuser by murdering him...then raping a boy who secretly adores him. Again murder...and suicide. Very triggering, i seldom had so many tears coming out in a movie, but still very good, very emotional...only see if you feel strong enough.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Book/Movie
Main charater talks to friend about raping a young girl, although it is only said so that his friend will get rid of the girl (she is not raped) the conversation still made me sick
The Fifth Sacred Thing
Book
Although this is an otherwise excellent book, there are a number of rape scenes involving a young girl and military men. A man is also raped. Rape itself is mentioned often in the book. It has a wonderful story, but please be careful when reading this one.
Five Quaters of the Orange
Book
Rape of a 12 year old girl by a soldier.
Flowers in the Attic
Book/Movie
Incest between a brother and sister. Discusses incestuous relationship that follows the first sexual encounter. Made me sick to my stomach. Be careful.
Book
Female heroine raped during her sleep.
The Gift of Fear
Book
Rape, abuse, incest, assault covers all those, very triggering
Girl Interrupted
Book/Movie
A girl commits suicide when she is confronted about father raping her and her liking it. It plays a very small roll in the movie and it is otherwise EXCELLENT, but if you have fresh wounds like I do, it's enough to make you throw up and cry.
Go Ask Alice
Book
Alice and her best friend,Chris, are taking drugs. While they're high, their drug dealers rape them.
The God of Small Things
Book
There is a scene where a little boy, one of the main characters, is molested in movie theatre. It was very well written, showing the confusion and fear of children during abuse, but also VERY triggering.
Good Hearts
Book
An excellent book but it is mainly about one woman's rape and the aftereffects
The Green Mile
Book/Movie
Movie which contains the story told about the conviction of a man for the rape and murder of two small 7 year old sisters in the South. The man was faulsey commited but shared the same prison area with the man whom really commited this sexual crime only he was there for other reasons. Can be very triggering!
Hearts in Atlantis
Book
Flash-back rape scene of main character's mother -- not very graphic, but bad enough. Good book, though.
The Hotel New Hampshire
Book/Movie
For the moment I only know the film... Includes a gang rape scene, brother-sister-incest, a young girl wearing a bear costume after her rape and a revenge scene. Sometimes quite graphic, but (at least to me) not really triggering...worth seeing it if you can.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Book/Autobiography
Main character is sexually assaulted and then raped at age eight by her mother's boyfriend. She is later extensively questioned in trial and accused of lying.
Book
The story of a woman from India who comes and lives in the US. She is raped by a man who is supposed to be helping her get into the country.
Keely and Du
Play
A woman is raped by her husband and gets pregnant. An anti-abortion underground militia organization kidnaps her and is going to force her to have the baby. They even try to force her to get back with her rapist ex-husband. Very very very very triggering.
The Key to Midnight
Book
Features multiple rape recalled under hypnosis, also "consentual" rape and physical abuse. Disturbing.
Kiss the Girls
Book/Movie
Very graphic depictions of rape. Very very triggering. I do not recommend this, especially the book, to any survivor.
The Kitchen God's Wife
Book
Lots of marital rape.
The Library Policeman
Short Story
In the volume "Four Past Midnight" by Stephen King. Very graphic depiction of child rape. Male survivors and child abuse suvivors - DO NOT READ IT.
Lovely Bones
Book
This novel is the story of a young girls kidnapping, rape and murder, told from the persepective of the dead victim. Written by a rape survivor it has received praise for its handling of the subject.
Lucky
Book
A book, by Alice Sebold, about her rape.
Book
Just incest subject matter but I found this movie very healing.
Malice
Book
A book about a 17 year old girl who has been raped by her father, for 5 years. She kills him and is sent to prison for 2 years. There, she is gang raped. After her sentence, she works at a model agency. Her male boss hits on her, but she quits job. She is raped by a 21 photogropher, while he takes pictures. 15 years later, he releases those pictures. She almost kills him. He is sent to prison. She gets married, has 3 kids, and a dog. Healing, but triggering at times.
Maniac
Book
Rape
Memory Slips
Book
It's about a classical musician's recovery from incest. Very empowering!
Midnight Cowboy
Book
Incest- Particularly bad for Male survivors
Midnight Express
Book
Attempted male rape.
The Millenium Girl
Book
Brief but horrifying rape scene
My Sweet Audrina
Book
Features a flash-back type rape scene of a nine year old girl by her classmates. Not terribly graphic, but triggering for me.
Natural Born Killers
Book
Incest. BAD! They don't show anything but I found this particularly disturbing.
Book
The FBI's legendary profiler probes the psyches of killers, rapists, and stalkers and their victims and tells how to fight back. Triggering details.
Oedipus
Play
Incest (Oedipus unknowingly marries his mother Jocasta, and she bares him four children), Suicide (Jocasta kills herself when she learns Oedipus is her son), self-injury (Oedipus blinds himself.)
Oedipus and Akhnaton: Myth and History
Book
Discussion of the heavy incest amongst the royal families of ancient Egypt.
Oedipus At Colonus
Play
Sequel to Oedipus. Mention of incest, self-injury, and suicide.
Our Guys: The Glen Ridge Rape and the Secret Life of the Perfect Suburb
Book
This book is about a young, retarded girl who is raped by a group of boys in her quiet community. The boys are althlete heros so no one believes her. Very... well, hard to stomatch.
Out Of Control
Book
Teenage girl raped by group of boys
Piers Anthoney: Virtual Mode, Fractal Mode, Chaos Mode, Doon Mode
Book Series
All books discuss gang rape of a 14 year girl and how she handles it and a future relationship. Suicidal tendancies, depression, self-injury are a prominent part of story. Gets rather graphic in places.
Pillars of the Earth
Book
Heroine of the novel gets raped. Her rapist messes up her life a lot afterwards. but she always come back, the novel shows that she is mentally stronger than her rapist. i thought it was a pretty good book.
The Pull of the Moon
Book
Has a flashback to when the heroine was in high school and someone made her have oral sex with him.
The Rape of Lucrece
Poem
This poem by William Shakespeare tells of Lucrece, wife of a Roman nobleman. She is sexually assaulted and swears her husband and friends to revenge her honour. She then kills herself. Very Shakespearean, very Elizabethean, very flowery. Still, can be disturbing.
Raven
Book
It has a sexual abuse in it.
Reviving Ophelia
Book
Three or four different rape stories. gang rape, aquaintance rape, child molestation, self mutilation, eating disorders, and the list goes on. while it does trigger, it's also a very helpful book
Romance of the Forest
Book
The plot of the book is about a man who is plotting to rape a woman, and his various attempts to do so. There are also incest themes. It is a 19th century British novel, so you might encounter it in a class.
Rose Madder
Book
This book was very empowering to me but it's about a husband who abuses his wife and she leaves him and he comes after her. Wonderful book but triggering in parts
Book
Novel by Nora Roberts in which rapist hunts and attacks women on an island.
Sex Crimes
Book
Former sex crimes prosecutor Alice Vachss tells her story. Descriptions of case studies and the resulting trials are quite graphic.
Shadowfires
Book
Depicts rape and murder of a woman by an animalistic creature. Very graphic.
She's Come Undone
Book
A young girl is raped by a neighbor, the book is very good however and deals with her recovery
Speak
Book
A teenage girl is outcasted after she calls the police to a party she was just raped at. Same person attempts to rape her again, but she is "saved" by other girls in the school. Great book for teenagers deal ing with sexual assault by a peer, but important that they are in therapy at the same time as reading it.
Stephen King:
1) Dolores Claiborne
2) The Stand
3) Gerald's Game
4) The Green Mile 5) Bag of Bones 6) Tommyknockers 7) Demon Seed
Books
In order: 1) Incest 2) Gang rape 3) Rape 4) Child rape 5) Graphic gang rape scene in flashback near the end 6) Depiction of scene where a father rapes his two young sons. 7) Centers on the abuse of a woman in her childhood. Some graphic description of the abuse. Very triggering in places. Some graphic descriptions of a sexualy abusive nature. I had to stop reading this book a few times before i got to the end! so be warned..
Sword of Truth
Book Series
Female protagonist has many attempted rape scenes. a few rape scenes of minor characters. dozens of descriptions of "rape during war"
Sybil
Book/Movie
Child Sexual Abuse
Book
Has some pretty intense physical abuse scenes of the main character's mistress, because of those scenes I don't think I can ever finish the book.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Book
Starts off with a rape - not as graphic as some modern writers would have written it, but still.
A Thousand Acres
Book/Movie
The book/movie surrounds three sisters dealing with incest. Not shown but the whole movie is about this topic.
A Time to Kill
Book/Movie
It is about a 13yr old black girl who was raped by 2 white men, because of what they did she would never be able to have kids. This was a very disturbing film as it shows what animals and lack of justice there is out there.
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins" Thoughts
Book
A brilliant book of poetry and short thoughts but the book contains poems about child abuse, rape and just feelings of depression. they are real better poems with a message but I found them triggering, worth a read but be strong!
To Kill a Mockingbird
Book/Movie
Rape trial- may be triggering- also touches on father/daughter abuse.
Tully
Book
A really good bookk but it deals some with incest. The victim gets pregnant at 12, then has a late abortion. The theme is throughout the book. Regardless, the book is still excellent, but potentially triggering.
Unfinished Murder: Capture of a Serial Rapist
Book
The story behind the mind of a Serial rapist. Very graphic details.
The War Zone
Book
Deals with incest between a father and daughter including a sex scene.
We Were the Mulvaneys
Book
Most of the book is centered around what happens to a family when a girl is raped.
When I was Puerto Rican
Book
Tells about a girls life from being a very poor and neglected child to a famous writer at a top university. In it there's a few times where it describes in detail some sexual abuse that happens to her. One instance of incest as well. It was very triggering to me. Describes her feelings when the things happend and afterward. Very good book, just really triggering.
When Rabbit Howls
Book/Movie
Very in depth discussion of step-father/step-daughter incest. Very graphic. Excellent book/movie if you can stomach it.
The Wildflowers Mini-series: Cat-Book 4
Book
Tells of a girl's struggle with dealing with her rape by her adoptive father.
The World According to Garp
Book/Movie
Haven't read the book yet, but the whole film deals with abuse/violence matters. As far as I remeber not explicitely shown. Wonderful and healing to me.
The Wrong Boy
Book
A boy is accused of assaulting a young girl. The 'poem' about her being abused by her father was very triggering to me.
Your Friends and Neighbors
Book
A discussion about rape of a male in a comic way.

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