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Chris Heffer, Frances Rock, and John Conley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001

Recalling Rape

Moving Beyond What We Know

Chapter:
(p.288) Chapter 14 Recalling Rape
Source:
Legal-Lay Communication
Author(s):

Shonna Trinch

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.003.0014

Shonna Trinch’s chapter explores the lay categories of victim and survivor as they interrelate with the legal category of rape. She contends that the road to categorizing ‘rape’ as a crime and legitimating ‘raped women’ as a category of victims has been a long and arduous journey that required its pioneer travellers to dodge obstacles and forge new paths. Critics argue that the last thirty years of work on rape has made little progress in eroding the mythology that continues to surround rape. Some claim that anti-rape work has further entrenched certain rape myths. Examining the narratives of nine women seeking legal protective orders, Trinch examines where we might travel if we were to get beyond the ‘victim-survivor’ binaries in legal and lay language-in-interaction and consider instead the linguistic and ideological possibilities of demystifying rape through narratives of resistance.

Keywords:   Rape, victim, survivor, narrative, silence, binaries, protective orders, representation, language-in-interaction

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