Note: this piece contains accounts that may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault
The drama I May Destroy You, written and directed by its star Michaela Coel, has been watched by millions around the world – and as well as being compelling TV, has helped people affected by abuse and trauma to have difficult conversations.
The 12-part programme has been hailed for the boldness and authenticity in which it depicts rape, consent, black Britishness and youth culture. The Guardian interviewed five people, including two survivors of sexual assault who have waived their right to anonymity, on how the show has changed their lives.
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