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Recovering From Rape 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0805029281
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If you have been sexually assaulted, you are probably experiencing a mix of fear, anger, and depression. If you are a relative, friend, or lover of someone who has been assaulted, you too may be deeply affected by the incident and by the survivor's reaction to it. However, working together, survivors and their loved ones can recover and may even be able to turn the recovery into an opportunity for positive change and growth. This comprehensive handbook offers emotional support and practical guidance in overcoming the trauma of rape. It explains what to expect at the police station, at the hospital, and, if necessary, in court, and it helps readers learn the most effective ways of dealing with their feelings immediately following an assault, during the subsequent few months, and beyond. The experiences of survivors recounted throughout the book reassure readers that others have pulled through. Dr. Ledray helps survivors realize that no matter what they did - wore a low-cut blouse, accepted a ride from a stranger, invited an acquaintance home - they did not deserve to be raped. She guides them from guilt or disbelief through bitterness and despair to the decision to take back control of their lives.

About the Author

Linda E. Ledray holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and personality research and is a registered nurse. A licensed psychologist and fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, she is the founder and director of the Minneapolis Sexual Assault Resource Service and has been working with rape survivors for twenty years. She lives in Mound, Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 2 edition (August 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805029281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805029284
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With respects to significant others, friends and family, this book covers a sufficient beginnings on what a victim may need for understanding. A victim? I'll have to sign-on under that category for what happened a long time ago. When I was in recovery counseling, individual and group, this book helped me to leap into higher levels of coping skills. When I was healing, I was hunting for genuine helpful knowledge under every rock and around every aisle. I didn't need alphabet-soup authors who published nonsense, empty hypothesis, trying to impress their awed students. I needed help.
Linda Ledray, Dr. Ledray knows the subject matter, rape recovery. She knows the will that we victims whisper inside--the one that wants for a better level in life, perhaps a happy one. GO FOR IT! This book is not a panacea. If you are a victim, there will always be more issues on your hunt, like there was with mine. We are individuals, each experience is different.
I am back today, to purchase a third copy of this book. A young woman is going through the early stages of recovery. She's remembering the monsters and is plenty on the: "Why me?" "What did I do to..." She could use a little solid matter to peruse. I'm just a friend. My best choice was to shut my thoughts and get her this book. It was the best book resource among my hunt.
God bless you, all and all who care. Having your personality crunched-down and your soul invaded is not a matter to take lightly for a woman or a man or a boy or a girl or an infant. Dr. Ledray will cover that. Maybe someday, the law will reflect realistic trial proceedures and sentences. IN the end, God will always know the tally.
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I bought this book shortly after I was sexually assaulted by a stranger last year. It has helped me greatly and also my new partner who did not know me at the time of the attack as he was able to read all the sections for 'the significant other'.
It provides good, hands on advice on how to take control of your life again. I suffered from terrible depression after the attack and this book provided lots of tips on how to get through this. My only reservations about the book are that it is for an American audience, (I think a British version coudl be written) and the descriptions of other cases I found too upsetting shortly after the attack.
On the whole though, an excellent book and I have recommended to all people I have met who have had a similar experience to mine.
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I bought this book after my first assault and am now re-reading it for a 3rd time, having been raped again. It is a GREAT book for the "basics". On the survivor's side, Dr. Ledray reminds you that you are not alone and you are not going crazy. She discusses the steps in everything from complete denial to going to court to STD's. For the secondary victim's (signifigant others), this book is not going to tell you everything that you want to know, but it can at least get you moving in the right direction.
Dr. Ledray does know survivors and that may be why she comes across as a "fear all men" kind of woman. But what she is truly expressing is that most survivors fear all men.
When I met my fiance, one year after my first rape, he had never known anyone who had been raped before. I kept asking him to read the book, because I couldn't explain to him what I needed or make him understand how I felt. About 3 months before my second rape, he read the book and he and I both saw a change in our relationship. After I came home from the hospital, he didn't ask why I felt a certain way or why I couldn't let it go. He had some sense of how I felt and how traumatizing it was for me.
Just don't buy this book to be the "fix" for everything. It's not, but it is a step in the right direction.
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My girlfriend is a rape victim and I was looking for a book that could help me help her, understand her, without me going insane--it's very tough :(
I kind of liked the book (that's why 3 stars), but it lacks information that focuses on "friends, family and loved ones." Granted, each little topic has a small section for such people, but it's not enough.
If you're looking for an [I'm the partner of a rape victim and want to know what to do and how to react from a psychological, intimate, and love/affection point of view] book, then this one is clearly not what you're looking for.
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As a clinical psychologist working in a college counseling center, I often recommend this book to clients who have been victims of rape/sexual assault. It provides excellent educational material, including a review of rape myths, information on typical effects of a rape (very useful for helping survivors feel they are not alone), and much more. Plus, Ledray takes her readers through the legal process of prosecuting a rapist in a step-by-step fashion. A final valuable addition is the inclusion of guidelines for significant others at the end of every chapter. My only caveat is that this book focuses on stranger rape rather than the much more prevalent date rape, but despite this, it is an extremely valuable resource.
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