Sexual Violence Home›Education resources›Student guide›Timelines›Sexual Violence Featured articles 1914 'Outrages on women' is added to BBFC's list of concerns. 1925 BBFC's list of exceptions is revised to include 'girls' clothes pulled off, leaving them in scanty undergarments', 'drugging and ruining of young girls' and 'criminal assault on girls'. 1932 BBFC cuts a scene from The Public Enemy in which James Cagney pushes a grapefruit in Jean Harlow's face. 1942 No Orchids for Miss Blandish is cut by 11 minutes despite earlier enforced script changes by the BBFC to limit its sexual violence. It was later banned by local authorities and the BBFC's Secretary is forced to publicly apologise for passing it at all. 1960 BBFC rates Hitchcock's Psycho X after cuts to the notorious shower scene. The film in later years is rated 15 uncut on video. 1970 BBFC demands cuts to Nicholas Roeg and Donald Cammell's Performance, in a scene juxtaposing sex with a violent attack. 1971 Straw Dogs is cut to reduce a rape scene. BBFC is attacked by critics for passing the film and a number of councils opt to ban it. BBFC rates A Clockwork Orange X uncut. Although the film implies sexual violence, no rape is actually shown. More about Straw Dogs... 1972 BBFC requires cuts to a sequence in John Boorman's Deliverance in which a man is seen being raped. 1976 BBFC refuses certificates to films Maitresse and Salo, both of which heavily feature the theme of sadomasochism. More on Salo... 1979 BBFC recalls Emmanuelle (1974) from distribution to remove a rape scene in which sexual assault is presented as good for the victim. More about Emmanuelle... 1983 Director of Public Prosecutions instructs police to seize 'video nasties', many of which include sexually violent scenes and have never been rated by the BBFC. Seized titles include I Spit On Your Grave, Last House On The left and Cannibal Holocaust. More about 'Video Nasties'... 1988 BBFC rates The Accused 18 uncut on the grounds that it does not exploit or eroticise sexual violence but is intended to make a serious point. 1991 BBFC requires cuts to Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Later in 1993, more extensive cuts are made for the film's video release. More about Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer... 1994 BBFC refuses a video certificate to exploitation film Bare Behind Bars. The distributor appeals against the decision but the Video Appeals Committee agree that the BBFC was correct to refuse a rating. 1999 BBFC refuses a video certificate to the American version of Straw Dogs, for a scene in which a female character appears to enjoy being raped. 2001 Baise-moi is cut to remove sexually explicit material in a violent context that might arouse some viewers. BBFC refuses a certificate to The Last House on the Left when the distributor refuses to make cuts to scenes of eroticised sexual violence. 2002 Video Appeals Committee upholds BBFC decision to cut The Last House on the Left. Irreversible is rated 18 uncut. Its depiction of rape is judged to be aversive. BBFC rates Straw Dogs 18 for DVD in its original cinema version. More about Irreversible.... 2003 Sexual violence cuts on film for Ichi the Killer are replicated in full when the video is submitted. 2004 Women in Cellblock 9, Jess Franco's 1977 film, is rejected in accordance with the BBFC's policy on sexual violence. 2005 Derailed and Cinque Fois Deux are both rated 15 despite containing scenes of sexual violence. Context was taken into account in both cases. 2006 The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael, a British independent feature which includes a violent but aversive rape sequence, is rated 18 uncut. 2007 The Kite Runner, rated 12, features a discreetly shot and implied rape scene of a young boy. Emmanuelle is finally rated 18 uncut. 2008 Caligula, which has a long and complicated classification history, is rated 18 uncut after much consideration. The Last House On The Left is finally rated 18 uncut with previous cuts restored. More about Caligula... 2010 The Killer Inside Me is rated 18 uncut by the BBFC. The film contains some very realistic portrayals of violence against women. Sexual Violence continues to be a source of concern for the public in modern times. Share this!