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17 January 2019

Films With Rape Scenes and Sexual Violence to Receive Minimum 15-Rating

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has published new guidelines which include a key change to the classification of films which include scenes of rape and other forms of sexual violence. The change means that no film that contains depictions of rape and strong sexual violence will be allowed a rating below 15.

Craig Lapper, Head of Compliance at the BBFC said: “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.”

The guidelines also say depictions of sexual violence in 15-rated films must not be “detailed or prolonged”.

Little or no change is being made to guidelines around swearing or non-sexual violence.

Read more here.