Probably because murder victims aren't around to see their ordeals portrayed so poorly all the time. Murder victims don't have PTSD. They won't read the story and experience their own murder a second time in their head.
Yeah, but people who have witnessed murder/had a family member murdered would have a likewise painful reaction to such a scene.
Exactly. Thank you.
Even with less extreme things, we just take their shallow portrayal for granted. Years ago, I had to give a statement to the cops after an armed robbery, and the poor girl who had been working the cash register was still crying hysterically hours later just because having a gun pointed at her scared her so much. To this day, I sometimes roll my eyes at the way movie characters react in the same situation. It scares the shit out of people when it really happens.
One of my "tentative future stories" for Bulletproof involves child abuse. I don't know if and when I'll ever get around to that one, but honestly, I'm not sure I would be able to pull it off right now if I tried. Me needs more writing experience to do this right.
I also have an unrevealed homosexual character, but I don't see that as a particularly controversial topic.