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Author: Gina Messina-Dysert

Title: Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence

Subtitle: Religion, Testimony, and Visions of Healing

Place: London and New York

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2015

Pages: 128pp.

Series: Religion and Violence 11

ISBN-13: 9781844657889 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781315744605 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century



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  Preface (p. x)
  Acknowledgements (p. xii)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
  2 Rape culture ordained by God? (p. 5)
  3 Learning from women's testimony (p. 26)
  4 A preliminary analysis of sexual violence and rape culture (p. 61)
  5 Sexual violence, han, and spiritual death (p. 83)
  6 Spiritual resurrection: Han-Pu-Ri and momentary salvation (p. 100)
  7 Conclusion (p. 111)
  Bibliography (p. 116)
  Index (p. 125)

Description: »Rape Culture and Spiritual Violence examines sexual violence against women, how religion and society contribute to a rape culture, and the extreme suffering endured by rape victims as a result. Using the testimony of women who have experienced both rape and the consequences of rape culture–from a range of religious, cultural, ethnic, and social contexts–the book explores both the suffering and healing of rape victims from World War II to today. Among the issues considered are victim invisibility, the inability to express pain, and the tendency to assume shame and self-blame. The study examines the role of society in shaping and reinforcing these responses, contributing to traumas that can lead to spiritual death. The book also explores possibilities for multiple spiritual resurrections within the practice of daily life, encouraging both individual healing and social change.« (Source: Routledge)


Arel, Stephanie N. Claremont Journal of Religion 4(1) (July 2015): 79-85. – Full Text: Claremont Journal of Religion (Free Access)