STATEMENT – Netflix’s Pro-Rape Film Is Slap in the Face to Victims

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Washington, DC (June 25, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Netflix to remove the rape-themed film, 365 Days, from its platform due to its socially irresponsible themes. Netflix is on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s 2020 Dirty Dozen List for being a mainstream contributor to sexual exploitation. 


Netflix’s new pro-rape film is a slap in the face to real-life victims, eroticizing sexual violence and shaping culture to have less empathy for survivors. The film 365 Days positions sex trafficking, sexual violence, and emotional abuse as ‘romance.’ Not only does this movie normalize these crimes, but it also promotes rape themes by sending a message to audiences that women secretly enjoy getting raped. Netflix should remove 365 Days from its platform and issue an apology immediately,” said Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“In 365 Days, a woman is kidnapped and raped by a man who holds her captive telling her ‘When you’re used to getting everything by force, it’s hard to behave otherwise.’ The rapist threatens to kill her family to gain her compliance, manipulates, and abuses her. If the rapist were an unattractive older man this movie would be about criminal justice instead of romance. Newsflash Netflix: rape is not sexy.”

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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