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Nice Girls Don't Get Raped Paperback – January, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Here's Life Pub (January 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898401577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898401578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,917,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Baker-Johnson on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title of this book captures the author's feelings about rape prior to her own rape in 1979. While potting plants in her home with her two year old daughter sleeping nearby, Botkin-Maher was raped by an intruder. She uses her own horrifying story to teach us that any woman is vulnerable.

Botkin-Maher tells of her recovery from rape, integrating her story with a discussion on myths about rape, what to do if raped, how to assist a rape survivor and much more. She takes note of her episodes of random rage as well as her greater awareness of danger which resulted from the rape.

The author doesn't sugarcoat the long and difficult recovery; she encourages space for healing through meditation, group support, professional counseling, expression and trust of feelings, dependence on God and witnessing God's healing in others. Included are meditation and group exercises for the survivor that are adaptable for anyone wanting to help a rape victim.

Rape is a rare topic among Christians. I heartily recommend this book for its courage and honesty.

(This review was previously published in "Daughters of Sarah" Sept/Oct 1987.)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bradley P. Hayton on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Botkin-Maher describes rape in the adult context. Although she primarily relates her own experience, she also uses the experiences of others to illustrate her points. Her book is designed for both women who have experienced rape and want to know what to do, and as a preventative guide for all women who might be possible victims.

Yet the book lacks emotional appeal. Its writing is very outlinish and stiff at times, especially on procedures, though it is fairly complete. She has some information about places to go for help, and even offers exercises for use in groups and individual study.

Her book doesn't really probe the Scriptures for answers to prevention, healing, or punishment of rapists and their victims. In her opinion prisons are for treatment (rather than punishment); she endorses and seems to encourage abortions for victims of rape (actually Roe v. Wade was decided on a group rape case!), and doesn't examine the biblical definition and punishment for rape. She even advocates lawsuits against property owners, if a rape should happen on their property.

In sum, there are better "secular" treatments on this topic that would be more worthy of your money.
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