"If you’re going to write about war, and you just want to include all the cool battles and heroes killing a lot of orcs and things like that and you don’t portray [sexual violence], then there’s something fundamentally dishonest about that. Rape, unfortunately, is still a part of war today. It’s not a strong testament to the human race, but I don’t think we should pretend it doesn’t exist. I want to portray struggle. Drama comes out of conflict. If you portray a utopia, then you probably wrote a pretty boring book.”
--- This is just a snippet of what George R.R. Martin had to say at EW, addressing the intermittant flare-ups of hullabaloo surrounding the hardships female characters face in his books and as translated by the HBO show; I suggest you read it all so in the future I can just point and say "What He Said."