Being Silenced: The Impact of Negative Social Reactions on the Disclosure of Rape

  title={Being Silenced: The Impact of Negative Social Reactions on the Disclosure of Rape},
  author={Courtney E. Ahrens},
  journal={American Journal of Community Psychology},
  pages={263 - 274}
  • C. Ahrens
  • Published 9 November 2006
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Community Psychology
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 thereby serve a silencing function, leading some rape survivors to stop talking about their experiences to anyone at all. The current study sought to examine this worst case scenario. Focusing on the qualitative narratives of eight rape survivors who initially disclosed the assault but then stopped… 

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