Surviving Sexual Violence

 

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Surviving Sexual Violence


by Liz Kelly (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780745604633

 

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Covers the experience of a range of forms of sexual violence over women's lifetimes. Drawing on feminist theory, developing a critique of male research and quoting extensively from the women interviewed, the book develops feminist thought in several key areas.


Women's awareness of the threat and reality of sexual violence is now perhaps more than ever publicly acknowledged. Yet this fact continues to be almost wholly ignored. This new study, based on in-depth interviews with 60 women, is the first to cover the experience of a range of forms of sexual violence over women's lifetimes. Drawing on feminist theory, developing a critique of male research and quoting extensively from the women interviewed, it developes feminist thought in several key areas: the similarities and differences between forms of sexual violence; the ways women define their experiences; and the strategies women use in resisting, coping with and surviving sexual violence. The author stresses the importance for all women of recognizing the incidents of sexual violence in their lives and seeing themselves and other women as survivors rather than victims. In highlighting the ways in which the media, the criminal justice system and even the "helping" professions contribute to the trivialization of sexual violence, she demonstrates the necessity of women organizing collectively to end this suffering.


 

ISBN 745604633
ISBN13 9780745604633
Publisher Polity Press
Format Paperback
Publication date 22/09/1988
Pages 288
Weight (grammes) 369
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 140

Introduction
Guide to transcription of interviews
1. "Sharing a Particular Pain": Researching Sexual Violence 2. A Central Issue: Sexual Violence and Feminist Theory 3. The Knowledge Explosion: An Overview of Previous Research 4. "It's Happened to Most Women": Sexual Violence as a Continuum 1 5. "It's Everywhere": Sexual Violence as a Continuum 2 6. "I'm Not Sure What To Call It But...": Defining Sexual Violence 7. Victims or Survivors?: Resistance, Coping and Survival 8. "It Leaves a Mark": Coping With the Long Term Consequences 9. "I'll Challenge It Now Wherever I See It" : From Individual Survival to Collective Resistance
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