Rape scenes and sexual violence now banned in films rated suitable for under-15s

Scenes of rape and sexual violence have now been banned in films rated suitable for under-15s in Britain.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced a shake up of its system and will release refreshed classification guidelines which has a heavy focus on the depiction of sexual violence.

“The feedback we have had from the public during the current consultation is that they don’t think there is any place for depictions of sexual violence at 12A at all,” Craig Lapper, the head of compliance at the BBFC, told the Guardian. “The key message from the guideline consultation was heightened concern about sexual violence across the board,” he added/

“Although we operate very strict standards around sexual violence there was an appetite on the part of the public for us to be even more cautious than we are at the moment.”

The newspaper also points out a specific example which would previously been affected by the rule change. In 2008 film The Duchess starring Keira Knightley, a women is held down on a bed by a man and rape is implied. That film was rated 12A, meaning it would be acceptable for persons aged 12 and above. If The Duchess was to be rated under the new system it would be upgraded to a 15.

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