Recovering from Rape

Recovering from Rape

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by Linda E. Ledray
     
 

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If you have been sexually assaulted, you are probably experiencing a mix of fear, anger, and depression. If you are a relative, friend, or lover of someone who has been assaulted, you too may be deeply affected by the incident and by the survivor's reaction to it. However, working together, survivors and their loved ones can recover and may even be able to turn the… See more details below

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If you have been sexually assaulted, you are probably experiencing a mix of fear, anger, and depression. If you are a relative, friend, or lover of someone who has been assaulted, you too may be deeply affected by the incident and by the survivor's reaction to it. However, working together, survivors and their loved ones can recover and may even be able to turn the recovery into an opportunity for positive change and growth. This comprehensive handbook offers emotional support and practical guidance in overcoming the trauma of rape. It explains what to expect at the police station, at the hospital, and, if necessary, in court, and it helps readers learn the most effective ways of dealing with their feelings immediately following an assault, during the subsequent few months, and beyond. The experiences of survivors recounted throughout the book reassure readers that others have pulled through. Dr. Ledray helps survivors realize that no matter what they did - wore a low-cut blouse, accepted a ride from a stranger, invited an acquaintance home - they did not deserve to be raped. She guides them from guilt or disbelief through bitterness and despair to the decision to take back control of their lives.

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WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
Surprisingly few books about survival of rape have been written by women; even fewer book offer solid information how and when to prosecute rape, and what you can expect from the experience. This resource offers both. Designed primarily as a self-help manual for rape survivors, Recovering From Rape gives guidance for getting through the day-to-day process of putting your life back together after rape, with each section addressing first the survivor and then the significant other. Linda Ledray is a clinical psychologist who counsels rape survivors and has spent 15 years researching rape. Going beyond personal recovery, a chapter is devoted to persecuting and convicting the rapist, and another to preventing rape in our society. Our legal system and societal attitudes offer infuriatingly little support for women who have been raped, a fact which makes resources like this a critical response to the crisis.
—Phyllis Hyman

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ISBN-13:
9780030640018
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Pages:
272

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