Title

The survivor master narrative in sexual assault

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

SAGE Publications Inc.

School

School of Law and Justice

RAS ID

24502

Comments

Originally published as : Muldoon, S. D. (04.2016). "The Survivor Master Narrative in Sexual Assault". Violence against women (1077-8012), 22 (5), p. 565. Article found here

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. © 2015, The Author(s) 2015.

DOI

10.1177/1077801215608701