Restorying trauma: child sexual abuse

Howells, Aisha (2022) Restorying trauma: child sexual abuse. In: Stories, Storytellers, and Storytelling. Springer Nature, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 217-238. ISBN 9783031072338

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This chapter explores how narratives of trauma can represent a central framework to understand and respond to sexual violence in the United Kingdom. Using written and visual narratives, it critically examines trauma experienced by adult victims/survivors of child sexual abuse through the prism of recovery. In so doing, it explores the complex and precarious relationship between story, storyteller and storytelling. The chapter highlights the tensions which frame how and whether a story can be told or heard, contributing towards valuing certain victim/survivor experiences and silencing those whose stories do not fit. Ultimately, it seems, to facilitate a move beyond the experiences of trauma, there is a salient need to redefine the boundaries of storytelling so as to accommodate the complexity and multiplicity of the experiences themselves.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: child sexual abuse, sexual violence, victim, survivor, trauma, narrative, story, storytelling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2023 11:25
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2023 11:25

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