This past Thursday, March 28, 2019, “Grey’s Anatomy” debuted “Silent All These Years,” an episode influenced by the highly contentious conservation on sexual assault; furthermore, it referenced the recent testimony given by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who publicly accused Brett Kavanaugh, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, of sexual assault.
The episode grasps the life of Abby, played by Khalilah Joi, who turns to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital after being severely sexually assaulted by a man outside of a bar.
After arriving at Grey Sloan, she is met with Dr. Jo Karev, a sexual assault survivor, who along with Dr. Teddy Altman, take Abby under their care. Following a deep conversation between Jo and Abby, Abby decides to allow Teddy to perform a rape kit, comprising of taking evident photos and collecting swabs and other samples from the sexual assault survivor.
Full of raw and explicit interpretations of the life-altering struggles of a sexual assault survivor, viewers were warned of the graphic content and how it might affect those who have suffered from sexual assault.
The last few minutes of the comprehensive episode is truly inspiring and emotional, as Teddy and Jo wheel Abby down the hallway to surgery, and the women of Grey Sloan form a line along the walls of the hallway, recognizing Abby and her undeniable strength.
Individuals who haven’t watched the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy can watch the episode on ABC.com or the TV subscription service Hulu.