TV writers love to write stories in which their female protagonist gets raped, because then they don't have to do anything else to flesh out that character's back story—no less than Jodie Foster has recently complained about the practice. It's like a TV version of how many times the person writing this post has blogged about the Kardashians—writers be lazy! As it happens, not-actually-lazy comedian Stephanie Bencin parodied this practice in her trailer for the not-actually-upcoming crime drama "The Violated." Slogan: "She's not just good. She's damaged good."
Bencin spoke to Someecards about her motivation for writing the sketch:
I remember just getting so frustrated with an episode of SVU - they treated the possibility of Olivia Benson getting raped like a cliffhanger. They treat it like Olivia Benson and rape are the Sam and Diane of SVU. There are so many shows that treat it like a character shorthand.
The last line is where it really sticks the knife in.