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The Truth About Rape

The Truth About Rape [Kindle Edition]

Teresa M. Lauer
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Vulnerable. Fragile. Naked.

The email sent to me by one of my readers related how the photo on the cover of my book
so profoundly portrayed what she was feeling; but that was only half the story.

In her email, she told me how she was ready to end the pain and loneliness of her sexual assault
that she'd worked so hard to recover from, the only way she knew how. She just didn't see any
other way out ... until she noticed my book cover.

On it is the photo of a woman appearing vulnerable, fragile, and naked.

But to this young woman, “appearing” was the operative word. This photo suggested more. To
her, it represented the possibility of a rebirth, an opportunity to start over. To begin again.

This photo represented the possibility that perhaps she didn't have to think about her sexual
assault the same way. It was, after all, a moment in time, just as the photo was.

Perhaps she could change her perception of the woman in the photo, she thought, and in turn her own assault. She could imagine the woman becoming stronger, rising up, becoming a more confident, more
empowered version of herself.

She felt for the first time since her assault that she had a choice.

One more effort at recovery, she promised herself. One more, and that was it.

She wrote to me having finished the book to tell me that she'd gotten what she needed, and more. And finally had a plan for her recovery.

She'd followed me through my own therapy for sexual assault as if she was a fly on the wall. She read over and over, and even highlighted, parts of the second section. In it, I address common
recovery questions both from a clinical view (I'm a licensed therapist) and also include other
victim's perspectives.

And she didn't go through with the very graphic details of ending her pain that she related in her email to me.

You'll notice there are varying opinions about the photo on my cover below.

But know this: The fact that one woman is alive and on her way to her own recovery means more to
me than those who would deny another person's recovery over something as innocuous as a cover

To deny a victim of sexual assault an opportunity for recovery is irresponsible at best.

Clearly, for this woman, the photo was the difference between life and death and for that I'm grateful.

About the Author

Teresa Lauer, MA, LMHC Licensed Psychotherapist #LH60167053 (Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor License) #1477866192 (National Provider Identifier) I'm pleased to provide exemplary therapy, case consultation, and training services, with an advanced specialty in the area of sexual assault and sexual abuse. My specialty is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is goal and solutions oriented in nature. I also have expertise in Family Systems Therapy with an emphasis on intimate couple relationships. Education: 1996 University of San Francisco, Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology 1993 Thomas Edison State College, Bachelors Degree in Psychology & English Published Works: Books, DVDs, CDs 2010 The Truth About Rape (Book: Korean Edition) 2009 Healing After The Loss of Your Pet (DVD) 2009 Hiring Toolbar (Over Two Million Free, Direct, Job Resources) 2009 Rape Recovery Toolbar of Videos, Books and Over 500 Resources 2008 Rape Recovery Video Program: A 6-Step Program (DVD & CDs) 2007 Truth About Rape On-line Videos 2006 Bonding: A Journal To Bring You Closer to Your Mom (Book) 2005 Sex Offenders: Revealed (eBook) 2004 Therapy Resource Directory for Mental Health Professionals (eBook) 2004 Business Practice Directory for Mental Health Professionals (eBook) 2002 The Truth About Rape (Book: English Edition) 1998 Hours of Torture, Years of Silence (Book) Articles: 2006 Rape Trauma Syndrome in Intimate Relationships (Article: AAMFT Family Therapy Magazine) 2003 "Pelvic Pain and Treatment Modalities for Same" 2002 "How to Make Your Therapy a Success" (3 Part Series) Media Appearances: Numerous nationwide radio appearances featuring rape trauma, couples communication techniques, sexuality, and intimacy. Specialized Clinical Training: Meditation Based Stress Relaxation Sexuality & Intimacy Specializations Victimology Interviewing and Assessing Sexual Offenders Treatment of Sexual Offenders Paraphilias and Sex Offender Typologies Reproductive Health Counseling AIDS Client Service Training Behavioral Finance & Intimate Relationships

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0966207815
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly honest 28 Aug 2013
By Lisa
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I think that it is very rare to find a book that honestly addresses the fears that victims/ survivors experience. This book is a frank account of the process of therapy following an assault that does not only affect the body, but very much the soul and mind. I would recommend survivors to read this as the author does not shy away from the realities following a sexual assault.
Note: This book can be quite triggering so approach with care.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellant 4 May 2014
By Elenor
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this is a very moving and astounding book. within it there is so much advice and contacts of various helpful organizations that make it a worthwhile and valuable book. not least because of the actual account of what the author went through and was brave enough to write it.i have admiration for her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile content; poor choice of cover photography 5 Jan 2008
By WichacpiHoskila - Published on
Be aware: this book is intended to be Q/A information ABOUT rape trauma, not a workbook or personal guide THROUGH rape trauma. I've loaned this book to quite a few clients who find it very helpful. To be honest, though, most of my clients skip the first half of the book which are transcripts and recollections of therapy sessions. But the second half of the book is a series of brief and accurate answers to direct questions about rape recovery. I like this section particularly, because it is arranged to only one question/answer per page, so the reading is fast and it's easy to navigate. The writing is clear and clinically well-informed.

I took a star off because of the unfortunate cover. My clients have been unanimously embarrassed by the eroticized color photo of a nude female model, crouched over so submissively. This image does NOT match the classy and empowered writings of the author. It's been such a problem that clients would refuse to even accept my offer of this book until I taped a sheet over the book like a dust jacket. Which (male) graphics design editor thought a burlesque nude photo would be a good match for this book?

Don't be fooled or dissuaded--this is a top-notch book with superb information.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You........... 20 Mar 2003
By S. - Published on
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Thank you Teresa for your insight, sensativity and your honesty. This book is a tool for everyone, victim, survivor, family and friends can all benefit from the insight and information provided. This books not only acknowledges the tremendous emotional and physical impact rape has on a woman but it reminds us of our capacities to endure and rise above.

Thank you!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT Recommended -- Out-dated Attitudes and Info 22 Jan 2011
By JBC - Published on
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I was disappointed about this book. I was willing to over-look the poor choice in cover-art (you can't judge a book by its cover!), but the author's attitudes and information about the rape phenomenon were out-dated.

In one place she has the extremely poor taste to list out how to "avoid" date-rape. This is an AWFUL thing to put in a book written for rape survivors!!! This is a victim-blaming mentality, and seriously, seriously -- HOW is this information supposed to help the person who is now reading this book??

In another place, she lists out the "types" of rapists. Yet she does not even touch on the affects society and culture have on the rape phenomenon. This is a huge and disappointing ommission.

I did not like the author's tone -- at times she comes across as patronizing and condescending.

I did not like how the Q&A format was so stringently followed. Each answer is edited and formatted so that it only takes up a single page, regardless of the question. Some questions deserved a much more in-depth answer than this format allowed.

I think that the Q&A section of the book should have been put at the front of the book, instead of the therapy sessions coming first. Every survivor could potentially benefit from the Q&A (if it was updated), but not every survivor will be willing or able to read the therapy session section because it is insanely triggering. The therapy sessions should come at the end of the book, behind a hefty trigger-warning.

The resources she provides are excellent. Each section of the Q&A is followed by a hefty list of resources -- general resources, internet resources, book resources.

This book has potential -- I hope that it is updated so that the offending cover and content no longer detract from the book as a whole.

I do NOT recommend this book for a survivor who is yet uneducated about victim-blaming and society's role in the rape culture. There is too much potential for the misinformation to be damaging to a person who is still emotionally vulnerable.

Until this book receives some much-needed updates, I would strongly recommend Resurrection After Rape: A guide to transforming from victim to survivor, which is excellent, despite being written by a man. I side-eyed the fact that the author is a male, but his tone is perfect, his information and attitude is up-to-date and even progressive, and he is actually a highly experienced behavioral scientist specializing in domestic abuse and sexual assault.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful 29 Jan 2007
By KaiJen - Published on
Dr. Lauer,

Thank you so much for writing this book. Thank you for answering questions I was afraid to ask or didn't even know I had. Thank you for sharing your own story and helping me, and many others I'm sure, to have the courage to do the same.

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1.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the book traumatized me 9 Sep 2008
By A. Fischer - Published on
The beginning of the book is a transcript and in one part the author describes being raped twice. It was horrifying, but after starting, I couldn't put it down right away. Then I put it down and couldn't pick it back up for years. The story seriously disturbed me at a time that I couldn't handle any more trauma. Maybe that type of story helps some people relate or work through their issues, but I think it needs to come with a warning.I definitely wasn't ready to hear it and don't think it would ever be helpful to have to imagine her horror. So there's your warning. On the other hand, the back section of the book seemed helpful enough, but by the time I was able to pick the book up again, it had been a few years, and most of those questions were no longer relevant to me.
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