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Hurting and Healing: How to Overcome the Trauma of Sexual Abuse and Rape Paperback – 28 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vega Books; New edition edition (28 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843330954
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843330950
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,254,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gloria Wade, BAC Acc, DHC, is a psychotherapist who has been training therapists, counsellors, probation and social workers in the field of sexual abuse and rape for many years. A sexually abused child herself, she has run courses and workshops in the UK for the past 10 years. She is in general practice in Suffolk, counselling abusers and the abused.

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Holbourn on 12 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
This book contains a few ideas that could lead to healing creativity, but it also contains some that could be found fairly alarming. For instance, the author suggests that victims of male rape who're telling themselves they're no good and wimps etc. for having allowed it to happen to them should have a photo of a male they love and respect enlarged, look at it, imagine that what happened to them when they were raped is happening to the person in the photo, playing it through in their imagination scene by scene, and then imagine saying to them all the critical things they're thinking about themselves, to illustrate to themselves that men don't deserve such criticisms when they've been raped.
Surely they could just imagine it's already happened to the person they respect and they're saying all those things to them, rather than having to imagine it's happening to them scene by scene first!
And she recommends that people deal with their anger with a rapist by venting it, drawing a picture of him, sticking it on a mattress or bean bag, and then several times for as long as it takes to get anger under control, playing music that psyches them up, and attacking the picture with their fists or a weapon.
The trouble is that venting anger in this way can be like rehearsing behaviour. It can be like programming the brain to respond in a certain way, so if the person then felt provoked in the presence of the attacker, or someone who reminded them of them, they might be more likely to attack them than they would have been if they'd dealt with their anger another way. Then they could end up being the ones most hurt, or reported to the police.
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