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Real Rape, Real Pain

Help for Women Sexually Assaulted by Male Partners

By Patricia Easteal, Louise McOrmond-Plummer

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Format: Paperback / softback, 364 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 July 2006
If you think you're alone in fearing the rapist in your home - abused even while you love the perpetrator - here's a book that will open your eyes to what numerous other women are going through, and teach you about rights, boundaries and healing from the trauma caused by partner rape. A challenge to silence and social myths about what 'real' rape is, with the aim of preventing it from continuing. 'Real Rape, Real Pain' is a book may make you feel uncomfortable, in that it tackles the violence and unpleasantness of rape within marriage; it forces us to confront the hidden violence in our society. It challenges the silence and secrecy about marital rape. As the authors say, 'Violence is about using power and control, not about being out of control. There is no excuse for marital violence ever.' The aims of the book are changing the rape culture and helping survivors. Chapters cover identifying rape in marriage, women at risk, staying with a partner who has raped you, sexuality after partner rape, a safety plan, and numerous other issues related to partner rape. As American author Monika Ostroff says, "'Real Rape, Real Pain' is the compassionate, loving friend that reaches into the darkness to the sufferer of partner rape, offering hope and help for a healthy life, free from violence. A wise teacher, this book will inform everyone from professionals working in the field to family members of women being victimized to politicians who are empowered to make the necessary changes to ensure safety on all our behalves. This book is a beacon of light that illuminates a dark, misunderstood yet incredibly common phenomenon of violence. It is a must-read for every survivor, family member, clinician, and politician!"
EAN: 9781876462437
ISBN: 1876462434
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers
Dimensions: 23.39 x 15.6 x 1.91 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Natalie Galea on
Real Rape, Real Pain busts the myth wide open . . . that in fact women that are involved with an abusive partner do indeed get raped, that just because it's happening inside marriages and relationships, it is still rape. This book reinterates that rape can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time. Rape is not confined to stranger attack.

The authors, and thirty survivors share some painful memories, their stories and their courage. The authors cover a lot of territory, beginning with society and how it has helped shape how men treat women; that as a society we actually perpetuate the myth that rape doesn't happen at home, when it fact it does more often that we care to acknowledge.

This is a powerful read, and this resource should be available in every Rape Crisis Center around the world. It's informative, offering information for leaving an abusive relationship through to the steps you can take, through to covering your choice to stay in the relationship.

The key focus throughout the book is what the survivor thinks about herself, what is emphasised is that the problem lies with the abuser not the abused; the victim is encouraged to stay positive, to pamper ones self, and to remember to never define yourself by what happened to you.

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