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Be prepared for the fact that the first part of the book is a personal testimony by the author of the horrific trauma that she was put through as a young nineteen year old, with detailed notes from her diary as she goes through counselling many years later. The latter part of the book is a clearly set out question and answer guide dealing with such questions as have I been raped? What constitutes rape? What are the symptoms of PTSD? Who can help me? etc, so I guess you could start there if you feel too fragile to hear about someone else’s pain.
It will probably help to know, before you start this book, that after three years of counselling and a lot of painful emotional work, the author herself now feels completely healed and has done a degree in counselling and has dedicated her life to helping other victims of rape and abuse to come into a place of healing. She even promises to reply in person if you email her, so you won’t feel so alone as you read her book. Now that’s a big commitment. That’s someone really dedicated to doing for someone else, what wasn’t done for her earlier in her life. So I reckon you’re safe to try reading through this book if you feel you need to.
Note: This book can be quite triggering so approach with care.
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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.
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.
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