Helping Survivors To Avoid Blaming Themselves

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Helping Survivors To Avoid Blaming Themselves Consider the comments made by two rape victims I personally interviewed (their names have been changed to protect their privacy). Nella had been raped in Colorado five years prior to our interview. The rapist trapped her and assaulted her over the course of three hours. Nella escaped and ran to get help from a friend. They called the police. The police put out an APB on the assailant’s car and arrested him within the hour while he casually shopped for groceries in the local supermarket. Nella told me that during the trial her attacker and his attorney turned the entire attack back against her. “I sat stunned on the witness stand,” Nella explained. “trying to figure out why I had to defend myself when I was the one who was so brutally attacked.” “I feel peace right now, but I live in constant fear that when he gets out, he’ll somehow find me. Anyway, he threatened my life while he attacked me, saying if I went to police he’d find me
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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