UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT:
SURVIVORSHIP AND DEPICTIONS OF HEALING
Samantha Rippetoe
7.1 Tina Fey as Andrea Bayden and Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, “Kimmy Sees a Sunset!”
Statistics from 2016 indicate that one in five women will
be sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and one in three have been
victims of (some form of) physical violence by an intimate partner
in their lifetime (NCADV). Sexual assault and intimate partner
violence is a prevalent issue and, for many, lived experience;
television series have tackled the issue in many different ways but,
remarkably, almost never in a way that focuses on the survivor
experience after the trauma. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper)
survived 15 years in a bunker after being kidnapped by a mad
Reverend (Jon Hamm), time spent without windows and without
any contact with the outside world but always with hope. And
though this is a very extreme example of violence toward women,
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