Warning: SPOILERS below for season 2, episode 5 of Riverdale

Something terrible happened to Cheryl Blossom on Riverdale and, in light of the recent sexual assault scandals rocking Hollywood and the ongoing debate of how sensitive issues like rape are portrayed in film and television, this week’s episode demonstrated one of the better ways of of handling portrayals of sexual assault on the small screen. Tonight’s episode, “Chapter Eighteen: When A Stranger Calls,” primarily focused on Betty Cooper and her ongoing nightmare involving season’s villain, the Black Hood. But the stand-out moment from the episode had nothing to do with Betty’s plight, the ...

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