Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours

School

School of Psychology and Social Sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

Abstract

The experience and aftermath of male sexual violence is a lived reality for many girls and women. This qualitative study explores the subjective experience of childhood rape and its long-term impact focusing in particular on the implications of the silencing that continues to surround what is a deeply-felt and traumatic experience with profound life-altering consequences. The study thematically and theoretically reads the subjective experience of childhood rape within current feminist understandings of rape as a crime of violence and form of social control through the use of evocative autoethnographic writing and an exegesis.

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