Speaking of Rape
The Limits of Language in Sexual Violations
- Available for pre-order on June 16, 2023. Item will ship after July 7, 2023
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Speaking of Rape: The Limitations of Language in Sexual Trauma analyses the effects of linguistic inadequacies in matters of sexual harm, and how the limitations of our current vocabulary reinforce injustice.
Communication is essential for sexual trauma victims to recover, but the words survivors have available to them to summarize their experiences do not reflect the actuality of this form of harm. This book challenges the assumption that words like "sexual assault" and "rape" perform the conversational work we casually assume they do, and how these linguistic inadequacies cause sexual trauma to remain unacknowledged.
This is an important and unique intervention suitable for women's studies scholars engaging with debates about sexual violence and trauma.
Table of Contents
1. Limiting Language
3. Reclaiming Rape
4. Speaking as a Narrative Self
5. On Dominant Stories
6. On Setting and Story
7. On Listening Well
8. On Restorative Justice
The Rev. Danielle Tumminio is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Seminary of the Southwest. She has taught at Yale and Hansen University.