“I know how to do things most people don’t. There is stuff happening out there and no one is doing anything about it. People are just getting away with awful things. I’m trying to make it right.”
Jules, the speaker of the aforementioned quote, is from the new MTV show Sweet/Vicious. She is an example of one of many strong female charactersfor the younger generation to look up such as Rey from The Force Awakens, Eleven from Stranger Things, Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, and now Jules and Ophelia from Sweet/Vicious.
Jules reveals during an episode that she was a victim of sexual assault and wants to prevent that for other girls on campus. Ophelia tells Jules that she wants to join her because she also wants justice for these girls. The show features the female duo fighting as vigilantes fighting for justice against sexual assault on their college campus.
Ophelia is a laid back junior with computer hacking skills, and Jules is a sorority girl who seems timid but holds so much potential. The story begins when Ophelia witnesses a disguised Jules beating up a college student because he sexually assaulted a girl on campus. Ophelia saves Jules after the attacker holds her down.
MTV debuted this new action-comedy show on Nov. 15 and has the first three episodes on MTV’s site. Each episode shows a different sexual assault case in which the dynamic duo investigate, track the attackers, and then serve some sweet justice. E News recently interviewed creator of Sweet/Vicious, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, about the inspiration behind the storyline.
“I really wanted to write a story for and about empowered women, and women who were strong but could also be broken at the same time and to showcase that on television so that other women didn’t need to feel alone,” said Robinson.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in seventy-one men will be raped at some point in their lives and one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college and more than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault. Given this, it is an undeniable fact that sexual assault is a huge issue in this nation. “That was so important to me, and now with what is happening in our country, I think now more than ever,” Robinson adds.
This show addresses the growth of sexual assaults that occur on college campuses. In recent years, college campuses have been promoting awareness regarding sexual assault and how crucial consent is, hosting workshops and presentations that resonate with a college audience.
Sweet/Vicious is breaking down the walls for this generation and is empowering women to speak up about this issue. Sexual assault is a serious matter and these two girls are really showing that women can fight back.