Talking about Sexual Assault: Society’s Response to Survivors (Psychology of Women Books)

Talking about Sexual Assault: Society’s Response to Survivors (Psychology of Women Books)

Sexual assault is a traumatic experience for any woman. Furthermore, many victims who tell others about their assault must endure a second assault in the form of negative reactions, such as victim blaming and disbelief. One third to two thirds of victims may experience such reactions, which have negative mental and physical health effects on the victims. This book provides a comprehensive look at women s rape disclosure, addressing such issues as why, how often, and to whom women disclose their sexual assault; how people respond to disclosures; what factors influence how they respond to disclosures; and how these responses affect survivors. With an ecological approach, the book considers the social context of rape, arguing that negative social reactions emanate from broader social norms and attitudes about rape. Multiple perspectives are considered, including those of survivors, informal support providers (family, friends, and intimate partners), and formal support providers (therapists, victim advocates, and others). Finally, recommendations for research, treatment, and intervention are provided. Powerful, insightful, and provocative, this book is essential reading for everyone who works with sexual assault victims, including therapists, health care workers, victim advocates, rape researchers, policy makers, and students in any of these fields.

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  1. Midwest Book Review said,

    Wrote on January 12, 2012 @ 5:24 am

    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Informed and informative, April 13, 2010
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    This review is from: Talking about Sexual Assault: Society’s Response to Survivors (Psychology of Women Books) (Hardcover)

    Often compounding the physical and psychological trauma of a sexual assault is the subsequent reaction towards the victim by law enforcement authorities, spouses, friends, and even family. That’s why “Talking About Sexual Assault: Society’s Response to Survivors” by Sarah E. Ullman (Professor of Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois) is such a critically important contribution. Informed and informative, “Talking About Sexual Assault” addresses how assaulted women reveal their experience, how people respond when informed by these women, the factors influences those responses, and the effect these responses have on the assaulted women. Of special note is that “Talking About Sexual Assault” includes the social context of rape and the implications for response drawn from broader social norms and attitudes about sexual assaults. Perspectives are drawn from survivors of sexual assaults, as well as their family, friends and intimate partners, as well as providers of support including therapists, advocates, and others. Concluding with recommendations for further research, treatment options, and interventions, “Talking About Sexual Assault” is very strongly recommended for professional, academic, and community library reference collections, and should be considered mandatory reading and study for anyone charged with the responsibility of working with a victim of sexual assault, including social workers, counselors, police, health care workers, advocates, policy makers, and researchers in the field.

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