Note: This article discusses topics including rape, sexual assault and violence that some readers may find upsetting.
This article also contains spoilers for 13 Reasons Why season 2.
The creator of 13 Reasons Why has defended the second season finale, as fans of the show have criticised the episode over the graphic nature of one scene.
Episode 13 'Bye' saw Tyler Down (Devin Druid) brutally and sexually assaulted, as Montgomery de la Cruz (Timothy Granaderos) sodomises him with a mop handle. The scene was met with disgust by a number of viewers, but showrunner Brian Yorkey commented that it was intentionally "difficult to watch".
"We're committed on this show to telling truthful stories about things that young people go through in as unflinching a way as we can," he told Vulture. "We fully understand that that means some of the scenes in the show will be difficult to watch.
"I think Netflix has helped provide viewers with lots of resources for understanding that this may not be the show for everybody, and also resources for people who do watch it and are troubled and need help.
"But the fact is that, as intense as that scene is, and as strong as the reactions to it may be, it doesn't even come close to the pain experienced by the people who actually go through these things."
Yorkey said that he hopes the scene will lead to people having discussions.
"When we talk about something being 'disgusting' or hard to watch, often that means we are attaching shame to the experience. We would rather not be confronted with it. We would rather it stay out of our consciousness.
"This is why these kinds of assaults are underreported. This is why victims have a hard time seeking help. We believe that talking about it is so much better than silence."
13 Reasons Why season two is available to watch now on Netflix.
If you've been affected by any of the topics and themes raised in the series, a dedicated website with resources, information and support lines has been set up at 13reasonswhy.info.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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