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Being Silenced: The Impact of Negative Social Reactions on the Disclosure of Rape
  • C. Ahrens
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • American journal of community psychology
  • 9 November 2006
Rape survivors who speak out about their assault experiences are often punished for doing so when they are subjected to negative reactions from support providers. These negative reactions may therebyExpand
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Preventing the “Second Rape”
Although prevention efforts aimed at eliminating the occurrence of sexual assault are clearly needed, it is also important to consider how we can prevent further trauma among those alreadyExpand
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Deciding Whom to Tell: Expectations and Outcomes of Rape Survivors' First Disclosures
In this study, 102 female rape survivors were interviewed regarding their first post-assault disclosure. Qualitative analysis revealed that nearly 75% of first disclosures were to informal supportExpand
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Community services for rape survivors: enhancing psychological well-being or increasing trauma?
This research examined how contact with the legal, medical, and mental health systems affects rape survivors' psychological well-being. Although community services may be beneficial for some victims,Expand
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Social Reactions to Rape Victims: Healing and Hurtful Effects on Psychological and Physical Health Outcomes
In this study, 102 rape survivors were interviewed about the social reactions they received from family and friends post-rape. Results supported Ullman’s (1996b) conclusion that the overallExpand
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Assisting Rape Victims as They Recover From Rape
Many rape survivors turn to their friends for support during recovery, but friends may have emotional reactions that seriously affect their ability to support rape survivors. This study examined theExpand
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Healing or Hurtful: Sexual Assault Survivors' Interpretations of Social Reactions from Support Providers
Sexual assault survivors often receive both positive and negative reactions to the disclosure of their assault. Although positive reactions are typically more common from informal support providersExpand
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“What Has It Been Like for You to Talk With Me Today?”: The Impact of Participating in Interview Research on Rape Survivors
The purpose of this project was to conduct a qualitative study of how participating in in-depth interviews impacted rape survivors. These interviews contained both open-ended, free response sectionExpand
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Talking about interpersonal violence: Cultural influences on Latinas' identification and disclosure of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
Low rates of disclosure among Latina survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence may be related to cultural influences that stigmatize disclosure and make identifying instances ofExpand
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The Ties That Bind: Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault Disclosure on Survivors' Relationships with Friends, Family, and Partners
A growing body of research suggests that the type of social reactions sexual assault survivors receive from others can have a profound impact on their health and well-being. Far less is known aboutExpand
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