- Jerkass Woobie: Kurt, the last of the rapists, is sort of indicated to be this. Initially shocked and disgusted at being invited to take part, he snaps and gives in after a series of taunts and shouts of encouragement. While he was certainly not justified in what he did, one can't help but feel—however briefly-a little sorry for him, if only in conjunction with feeling rage at the encouragers.
- Narm: The "O" face of the first rapist. South Park even parodied it in "The China Probrem".
- Nightmare Fuel: The rape scene.
- It even served as this on the set, Foster had to coach the actors playing her rapists through the scene because they found having to act that was so repellent they couldn't bring themselves to do it.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Just because a woman is feeling frisky and provocative at a particular moment does not make the act of rape against her any less a crime and Slut-Shaming her afterward is simply blaming the victim.
- Strawman Has a Point: The Chief D.A. tries to stop Murphy from prosecuting the spectators by pointing out that Murphy feels guilty ("I owe her") about failing to put the actual rapists away for a long time. Ditto: "You don't get to use this office to pay your debts!". He also doesn't want to waste taxpayer's money on a "sure loser". All of which seem like good reasons. When he threatens to fire her for, well, ignoring her boss, she threatens to sue the D.A.'s office, making her look even more like a "vengeful bitch" (quoting the film here) on a personal vendetta (prosecutors also cannot be sued for decisions like these).
YMMV / The Accused