The Factors Affecting the Recovery Process of Sexual Assault Survivors

Kara Ferguson, Univ. of South Carolina , Spartanburg

This paper explores the literature on the factors that affect a victim's recovery process after rape. Rape myths, the nature of the assault, and a victim's support network can have a significant impact on the survivor's recovery process. In order to recover, the survivor must understand the various types of rape, the different types of rapists, and the nature of this violent crime. Receiving supportive behavior from friends, family members, and the victim's significant other can increase the chances of recovery. The victim's significant other must deal with negative attitudes about the assault toward the victim, and address the emotions involving their own recovery process. If negative attitudes surface concerning the rape, the result may repress the victim eliminating the progress previously achieved.

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