The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has announced films with scenes of sexual violence will now be assigned a rating of at least 15 (for moviegoers 15 or older).
The change is a result of feedback from the public during BBFC's most recent survey: "The key message from the guideline consultation was heightened concern about sexual violence across the board. Although we operate very strict standards around sexual violence there was an appetite on the part of the public for us to be even more cautious than we are at the moment."
One film that would have a different rating under the new system is 2008's “The Duchess," which got a 12A rating at the time despite featuring a scene that implies rape. Now, that scene would have to be cut to avoid a 15 rating.