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Title: Secondary Victimization of Rape Victims: Insights From Mental Health Professionals Who Treat Survivors of Violence
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:14  Issue:3  Dated:1999  Pages:261-275
Author(s): Rebecca Campbell; Sheela Raja
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
University of Illinois, Chicago Circle
Chicago, IL 60680
Grant Number: R24 MH54212-02;
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents the views of mental health professionals about the extent to which they believe rape victims are "re-raped" in their interactions with social system personnel.
Abstract: A growing body of literature indicates that many survivors of rape are denied assistance by the legal, medical, and mental health systems. The help victims receive often leaves them feeling revictimized by social system personnel. Most therapists surveyed believed that some community professionals engage in behaviors that are detrimental to rape survivors' psychological well-being. In addition, 85 percent of therapists believed that practitioners need further training on violence against women. Instruction on these issues is typically not provided in graduate school or clinical case supervision; learning how to treat victims of violence often comes through participation in voluntary continuing education programs. These findings add to the literature indicating that the psychological trauma of sexual assault occurs not only because of the assault itself, but also because of society's treatment of rape victims. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Mental health services; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Rape investigations; Sexual assault trauma; Sexual assault victims; Social service agencies; Victim medical assistance
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