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Authors: Shane D. Muldoon, S. Caroline Taylor, and Caroline Norma

Title: The Survivor Master Narrative in Sexual Assault

Subtitle: -

Journal: Violence Against Women

Volume: 22

Issue: 5

Year: April 2016 (Published online: December 30, 2015)

Pages: 565-587

ISSN: 1077-8012 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-8448 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 21st Century | Oceanian History: Australian History


Link: SAGE Journals (Restricted Access)


Authors: Caroline Norma, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Abstract: »This article is based on data drawn from 90 Victoria Police operational files covering the period 2004-2008. Several thematic responses by sexual assault survivors are described as forming a master narrative of “identity shock.” It is argued that the “minor/serious” sexual assault legal distinction is meaningless to survivors and conceals a shared felt experience. It is also argued that sexual assault is fundamentally a “public issue” of betrayal of citizen trust—not just a collection of “private troubles”—and that effective resolutions require more than individualized therapeutic and criminal justice measures.« (Source: Violence Against Women)

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