Disgruntled Owl said:
How do you usually handle the subject in your games? My campaign is coming up on a point where it could be very appropriate (a band of angry mercenaries might be taking over a town) and im thinking i will just ommit it. My players arent mature enough to handle it properly so i wont bother.
I use things like ****, torture, and other kinds of power abuses when appropreate to make some NPC (or group of NPCs) more easy to hate, or to really point "this guys are really bad", or to highlight a really dramatic situation.
I wouldn't for sure go into details of the scene. If a group of angry mercenaries have razed a village, killed the people…well, it is preaty obvious what has happened to women, children and men. I would descrive things like "surviving women are crying and covering themselves with whatever rags they have" that should be enough.
Finally, if your players are not mature enough, you can just skip this part, although I am not sure if it really matters since these can of things are on the news daily.