Revictimization and recovery from sexual assault: implications for health professionals

Author(s)Ranjbar, Vania and Susan A. Speer
Title Revictimization and recovery from sexual assault: implications for health professionals
Source Violence and Victims,2013, Vol 28, No 2, pp 274-287
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Summary This qualitative study explores victims' own accounts of recovery from the experience of sexual assault and identifies factors that were perceived as facilitating or impeding the recovery process. Twenty-seven women participated in the study through an online questionnaire. The questionnaire investigated recovery from sexual assault with a focus on medical, legal and social aspects of the recovery process and for this article, the findings from the medical section are presented. Eleven of the 27 participants advised that they had encountered health services (excluding counselling) at some point after the sexual assault and it was suggested by the participants that health professionals receive more training in dealing with women who have been sexually assaulted. Some participants reported that health professionals engaged in stereotyping and generalising and others reported concerns about not being believed by health professionals. This study identified aspects of health services that participants themselves perceived as impeding their recovery process and that may re-victimise victims of sexual assault.
Keywords Sexual abuse; medical services; qualitative methods; revictimisation
Topic Sexual assault; revictimisation