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Netflix’s Sex Education – How Season 2 Tackles Sexual Abuse

Netflix’s Sex Education is back for a second season and sure, there are raunchy sex scenes throughout, but this second coming tackles sexual assault, pansexuality, bisexuality, asexuality, self-harm, isolation, slut-shaming and fear of intimacy all in ONE season in a way that’s light and natural.

WARNING: THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SEX EDUCATION S2

Watch the official trailer here!

How Season 2 Is Different

The core of Season 2 of Sex Education is the same, warm bubble of Moordale with the same loveable characters, but everything is heightened more. We see the characters grow up and get to know themselves better and are introduced to new characters and new dynamics. But what the show continues to do in Season 2 is get everything right.

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Follows The Trauma Of Sexual Abuse

While the season remains wonderfully sex-positive, a more distressing issue is depicted. And it’s one that many women watching will, sadly, be able to relate too: sexual assault. Aimee Lou Wood’s performance as the exuberant and lovable Aimee made her one of the best-loved characters in season one. This made the developments for her character in season two more heartbreaking after she is the victim of a disturbing sexual assault on a bus journey to school.

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Aimee’s struggle to deal with her feelings about the incident, the support she receives from her friends and the impact it has on the student’s social life and relationships stretches across the second season. What the show gets right about its depiction is it’s an incident that isn’t rape that gets screen time.

Showing the reality of rape is so important across TV and Film, but what is equally important is showing the effects of “everyday assault’. At first, In Aimee’s eyes (and many others in real life ) what happened to her was something not considered to be as serious. However, the show takes time to bring to light that this normalised assault should be taken as seriously as rape, and still has long-lasting, emotional effects.

Sex Education spends so much time throughout season 2 unravelling the emotional layers that followed after Aimee’s assault. The most powerful aspect of it was all the women coming together in a Breakfast Club inspired scene because they had all experienced some form of sexual assault. They all became a support system for Aimee and brought to light that everyday sexual assault IS sexual assault. Much like what she learnt in season one about taking ownership of her body with the montage of her masturbating, this does the same, even though it stems from an awful situation. 

Sex Education Characters: Season 2 Sexual Abuse

Handles Various Topics, Naturally

The best thing about Sex Education is the way it handles various topics like this – ranging from asexuality to dirty talk – without feeling like we’re being lectured in a TED Talk. Consent is a recurring theme through the season, from Aimee’s boyfriend understanding she needs space after the incident, to both Otis and Ola asking if it’s okay to touch one another. It’s hilarious and sex-positive, in an authentic, informative way. What the series continues to do is literally educate, but how it does it right is by not throwing it in our faces. Challenges are seamlessly addressed and then tackled. Remarkably, there hasn’t been a show like this out sooner as it’s something we could all do with watching. 

Sex Education Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix. Haven’t seen the first season? Read our Season 1 review here!

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