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Understanding Gender-Based Sexual Violence against Women and Girls : Breaking the Culture of Silence - Nicole A. Sciarrino

Understanding Gender-Based Sexual Violence against Women and Girls

Breaking the Culture of Silence

By: Nicole A. Sciarrino (Editor, Contribution by), Brittany C. Davis (Editor)

Hardcover | 15 May 2023

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Gender-based sexual violence is a widespread public health problem affecting people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Although both women and men experience sexual trauma across countries and contexts (e.g., military vs. civilian), prevalence rates of sexual trauma are higher among women, and women and girls may often be targeted due to their sex and rigidly held beliefs about gender roles. Experiences of sexual violence can have a myriad of negative outcomes for survivors, including implications for mental health and physical health difficulties. The content of this book encompasses a foundation for understanding the impact of gender-based sexual violence, common mental and physical health difficulties associated sexual assault, and trauma-informed care. This volume also addresses evidence-based psychotherapies for trauma survivors as well as emotional difficulties that may affect providers who work with this population (e.g., burnout, secondary traumatic stress). After reading this book, the authors hope readers have a deeper understanding of gender-based sexual violence and can meaningfully apply the practical skills provided throughout this text, whether in support of loved ones or in their daily work. Finally, the authors hope all readers experience decreased stigma, including self-stigma, related to gender-based violence.

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If you are looking to learn more about gender-based sexual violence, its consequences, and how providers can promote healing and recovery for survivors of violence, you have come to the right place. This book is a much needed and comprehensive source on gender-based sexual violence that serves to raise awareness of and destigmatize conversations around gender-based sexual violence. Further, it puts forth a call to action that we all have a role in preventing and ending gender-based sexual violence. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about gender-based sexual violence, how we can support and care for those who have experienced it, and how we can advocate for change. -- Amber M. Jarnecke, Medical University of South Carolina Understanding Gender-Based Sexual Violence against Women and Girls: Breaking the Culture of Silence is comprehensive and informative. It offers both breadth and depth views of gender-based violence throughout the life span and across cultures. In addition, this book includes a thorough discussion of the effects of violence, barriers to care, and treatments that are available. This work is a scholarly compilation of past and current research in the field. The research informs the discussion of the topics in each chapter which are well-written and hold the reader's interest. This volume is well-suited for an academic library and for inclusion in coursework for students pursuing professions in medical and mental health care. It would also be an informative source for a general audience about gender violence and its prevalence across the lifespan and in the world. -- Lorraine C. Braswell, PhD

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