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“In her latest book, the Rape Recovery Handbook, Matsakis has again demonstrated a unique level of compassion and concern for rape victims and their capacity for healing. While guiding her reader gently through numerous exercises specially designed for maximum effect, Dr. Matsakis provides illumination into thought processes that often trap victims into believing that they are beyond hope. Gentle, empathetic advice, along with a sincere belief that rape victims can restore their self-esteem and become rap survivors living full, joyful lives, make this book indispensable to both victim and therapist alike!”
—Teresa Lauer, MA, RapeRecovery.com

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A woman is raped in this country every two minutes; this is the only step-by-step program that helps these survivors recover from PTSD symptoms and other emotional problems due to this traumatic event. (Rape victims experience the second highest prevalence rate for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—only exceeded by survivors of war)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572243376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572243378
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am working through this book. I have finished the first chapter that contained exercises. The exercises are not easy, but once you've written everything down you feel a bit better about things.

I am using this book in conjunction with therapy, and highly recommend that you have a therapist or someone you can talk to while you work through this book.

So I did the exercises one night, and then went to therapy the next morning. I read everything to my therapist and I felt really good. But after therapy suddenly I felt emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted. I couldn't do anything the rest of the day.

You will feel a lot of emotions come up while you do the exercises...from anger, to sadness, to fear, etc. That is why I recommend having somebody you can talk to. These emotions can be hard to sit with on your own.

I hope this review was helpful, because it wasn't like I wanted everyone on the internet knowing what happened to me.

jamesgirl
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I bought this book after my adult daughter was raped. I bought it to give to her before returning to school, where the crime was committed. But I looked at it first. I could have read the whole book in one afternoon but from what I read it is an important tool in the process of coming to terms with the humiliating crime of rape.
We still live in a male-oriented world after all the strides we've tried to take as women. That being said, rape is not taken as seriously as it should be by the whole legal and medical systems. There is much work to be done for future generations of women. As a woman, mother and parent I am outraged by the lack of seriousness taken by the "authorities" but without this becoming a diatribe let me just say that this book will begin to help heal the broken spirit of the victims of rape. Whether you are the victim or a loved one who is trying to help, this book will begin a dialoge at the very least.

Bonnie S.
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This book is a simplified summary of current understandings of PTSD and rape. It explains rape trauma in succinct terms, and describes the phases of recovery, normalizing the survivor's experiences with issues like panic, flashbacks, and depression. It is NOT, nor represents itself to be, a workbook or guide through self-help. As a "handbook," it is a clearly-worded reference for a survivor wishing to locate information that explores and explains trauma symptomology; a "handbook," however, is NOT a guide or workbook, and I disagree with its connotation of offering "step-by-step help." The Rape Recovery Handbook should be read by survivors as part of recovery, as long as she (and the book is intended for the female survivor) understands that it is not an in-depth therapeutic manual. Thus, this book would be most helpful when used as preparatory reading for subsequent work using a workbook or therapeutic guide through recovery.
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This book helped me enormously. I worked through it in detail while also receiving quality counselling. If you have the courage and want to heal- this is a great book. I would recommend working through it very slowly and rewarding yourself every step of the way.
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While this book may be incredibly helpful to some. This was not the book for me, being that I suffer from PTSD due to my abuse as well as severe anxiety, this book was simply a book full of triggers and very overwhelming for me.
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I threw this book out this morning while cleaning out my closet and remembered how much it had done for me.

When I bought it I never imagined a time when I would look back on my assault as just an event in my life- not something that defined me.

This book, in combination with therapy, really helped me to move on from my assault and remove the pain and emotional hurt associated with the event.

This book was an important part of my recovery and I would recommend it to anyone. It is small, but the activities are thought-provoking and helped me to shift the blame from me to my rapist.

Good luck on your journey!
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I ordered this book for working with clients that are survivors of sexual abuse and rape. It has worked well with each one and have recommended it to several colleagues. Wonderful resource of how to work through the issue of assault and the emotions that go along with it. Rather enjoyed having the solution focus perspective when working with clients that are trying to overcome abuse, assaults, and rapes.
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Very well written. Includes the information necessary for one to use for recover-very user friendly and not only targeting professionals. I own all the books by this author. She is a wonderful resource and I recommend her books to my clients.
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