The road to recovery can be a tough road to travel. Especially as they travel from victim of a sexual assault to survivor of a sexual assault. This is a process, a process that anyone can do, and should be able to accomplish with The Rape Recovery HANDBOOK, Aphrodite Mastsakis, PH.D. This is a step-by-step book to help those that experienced a sexual assault to continue their lives as survivors not victims. She broke the book down into three sections; the recovery process, Factual information, and examines your reactions. And in each section they are broken down into subsections with include an exercise to relate to the subject. Throughout this book she walks with the readers page by page assuring them with things they may struggle with. But
In addition to that, other victims have experienced various other issues concerning the process after being assaulted. Sexual assault victims are continuously revictimized following their own personal attack. Therefore, the process or the system succeeding a sexual assault needs to be enhanced and improved for victims. This is in order for the victims to feel comfortable when they report their sexual
“Every eight minutes, a child is sexually assaulted in the U.S., and 93 percent know the perpetrator. Many perpetrators of sexual abuse are in a position of trust or responsible for the child’s care, such as a family member, teacher, clergy member, or coach.” (United States Department of Health and Human Services) A child who has been sexually assaulted and did grow up to be an adult usually is brought up with emotions, such as guilt, shame, and/or even blame themselves for what had happened. The individual will feel guilty that they were not able to stop it when it was happening and shame if they felt any psychical pleasure out of it. As they get older, the victim will have trouble with intimacy in relationships--having trust issues because
Why should anyone be worried about sexual assault? It’s not affecting them, right? Wrong. If you are a friend of the victim, you might notice that they don’t act the same anymore. They are constantly paranoid, depressed, and/or destructive. They might even seem so emotionally scarred that you blame yourself. According to RAINN, many relatives of the victim can feel “responsible” for what occurred. Also, a victim can become self-harming, abusive of substances, and suicidal (RAINN). This affects friends and relatives of the victim as they will never have
One out of five females in the United States are sexually assaulted by a male at some point in their lifetime (Hildebrand & Najdowski, 2015, p. 1059) and college aged females are four times more likely to be a victim of rape than any other age group (Burnett et al.,
Rape is unique. No other violent crime is so fraught with controversy, so enmeshed in dispute and in the politics of gender and sexuality… And within the domain of rape, the most highly charged area of debate concerns the issue of false allegations. For centuries, it has been asserted and assumed that women “cry rape,” that a large proportion of rape allegations are maliciously concocted for purposes of revenge or other motives.
Many of the victims of sexual assault know their assailant personally. Allison one of the victims whom story Krakauer mentions in his book. Her assailant was her best friend Beau Donaldson. He was someone she put her life in their hands. She trusted him enough to tell him everything. “Donaldson often referred to Huguet as his “little sister,” and the sentiment was reciprocated”(5). This is just wrong in so many ways.
Molestation occurs around the world, and can happen to anyone at anytime. In 2010, the University of Montreal surveyed 800 Quebec women and men. “The investigation found that 22 percent of women and 10 percent of men reported beings survivors of abuse, which ranged from molestation to rape, which is comparable to the findings of previous studies on the topic.” A large amount of people reported experiencing some form of sexual abuse, which is also illustrated in Jeannette’s story “He pressed me to him and started dancing again, but I knew this was not going in a direction I wanted, and I resisted him...He squeezed my bottom, pushed me onto the bed, and began kissing me…‘I’m not that kind of girl,’ I said, but he ignored me” (Jeannette 212). Jeannette was at a bar with her father when a man named Robbie asked her to dance. This eventually led to them going to his bedroom where he forced himself on her. She was able to resist him before the situation could escalate any further. This is not Jeannette’s first battle against sextual harassment. When she was eight years old, a boy named Billy (who was 11) attempted to rape her while she was playing hide and seek, and years later a homeless man touched her while she was sleeping. Also, her grandpa on her father’s side kept placing his hand on her thigh while they were watching television. Each
When I first learned about rape, and sexual violence in general, I assumed that every victim reported their abuse, and every rapist went to jail. Once I learned that the reality was the opposite of my beliefs, I was confused. I did not understand why someone would not go to the police and seek out charges against their assaulters. Yet, the stories of Frances Thompson and the victim of Nate Parker, illustrate the extreme dangers that come along with reporting. Moreover, I am currently worried about the details that have been released in the Derek Rose rape case, and what may happen to the victim in this situation. Once one examines rape cases, and the affects that they have on the victims, it is no longer surprising why people feel safer not
More children are exposed to sexual assault and rape than you probably think. According to d2l.org (Darkness to Light), “About 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.” Melinda Sordino is the one out of ten. In Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino shows us the thoughts and feelings experienced by many of these young victims. Melinda was raped by Andy Evans while attending an end-of-summer party before her freshman year of high school. This assault impacted Melinda in various ways and many symptoms remained with her throughout the school year. As a result of the sexual abuse, Melinda begins to showcase the various psychological effects of rape; physical and mental instability, feelings of guilt and worthlessness
Speak, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, is a literary handbook that youth can read to learn about the struggle with coping from trauma inflicted by being sexually assaulted. When a person experiences this type of trauma it can be frightening to blindly live through the after affects. During certain phases of life people tend to rely on different interpersonal relationships as a way to cope with major life events. The process of coming forward after being assaulted, can be an intimidating part of the incident due to the amount of added stress it can bestow on an already stressed out victim. Speak allows the reader to learn about the process of coping with being raped as well as the effects on interpersonal relationships and what to expect when
Andrew Solomon’s chapter on rape from his book, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, examined women who are raped and decide raise the children who were the product of this heinous violation. Solomon examines how rape has been perceived by different cultures over time and interviews various women who have first hand experience with rape in order to show the reader show the aftermath of this terrible crime committed against them.
The sexual assault and consent article and speakers were both very detailed and did a good job in bringing full attention to the issue. This can be a sensitive and even uncomfortable subject for some, but I think it is something that needs to be brought to everyone’s awareness. Even though most people can say that they have not been personally affected by sexual assault, it is still always good to be informed about it and be made aware of the facts that prove why sexual assault can have many devastating and long lasting effects. And these effects are not just on the victim alone, but the friends and family that surround the victim as well.
It is estimated that about one third of females and one sixth of boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18 ((Kendall-Tackett, Williams, & Finkelhor, 1993).Most studies on CSA suggest that girls are greater
After one hit, one bruise, one word left unspoken, comes to be multiple scenarios it can lead to. It can lead to doubts and insecurities. We all believe that our parents love us very much, but when fights and arguments happen, things are left unsaid and different things occur. The children who are abused will often become runaways, or they become teenage delinquents. In order to support themselves living on their own, they often turn to prostitution. In fact, most child prostitutes have been abused as a child (“Child Abuse Information). The emotional trauma that the kids go through often leads them to self harm, or even suicide. Many children have lost their lives because of the abuse that they have had to go through. Abuse can be words that can hurt emotionally, and makes children feel like they don’t matter, but they can also leave scars and bruises on their body that they will never