- Paperback: 327 pages
- Publisher: RapeRecovery.com; 1st edition (June 3, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966207815
- ISBN-13: 978-0966207811
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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"Incredibly well written, sensitive and informative; your book is fantastic!" --Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D.,Clinical Psychologist
From the Author
There's no doubt in my mind that your rape was one of the most traumatic experiences of your life. It's likely that you have experienced, or are continuing to experience many emotions that have you confused and frightened. There are words that I can say to you to make you feel better momentarily. But for your own recovery, you must become knowledgeable about what your rape has meant to you personally and learn the effect that it has had on your own life.
I believe "The Truth About Rape" can help you by providing empathy and understanding along with specific strategies for recovery. Valuable insight from other rape victims who wish to share their experience in order to alleviate another's suffering and over 600 resources round out the information.
From the moment I was raped a number of years ago I searched for others who would understand the intensity of this intrusion in my life. Ive been unbelievably fortunate in finding these people in my life and so continue in their honor. As they were there for me, I am here for you. Through each therapy session I share, through each strategy for your recovery that Ive carefully researched and penned, I am with you in spirit as you begin your recovery.
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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.
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.