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How a new HBO show unravels long-needed conversation about sexual violence

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Her phone is smashed, her forehead marked with a bleeding scar, yet Arabella cannot remember anything from last night. It’s only when she gets home, ready to crawl into bed, that a brief but disturbing scene comes to her mind: She’s inside a bathroom’s stall and a man’s face is starring at her from above, he’s sweating and moving back and forth.​ In the new HBO show “I May Destroy You,” the vibrant Michaela Coel, protagonist and creator of the series, traces her personal experience with sexual assault through a perpetual fight to remember a night that no one would want to go through. 

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