Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

November 3, 2012

ART: Sexual Violence, Bodily Pain, and Trauma: A History

Author: Joanna Bourke
Title: Sexual Violence, Bodily Pain, and Trauma
Subtitle: A History
Journal: Theory, Culture & Society
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Year: May 2012
Pages: 25-51
ISSN: 0263-2764 - eISSN: 1460-3616
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Psychological trauma is a favoured trope of modernity. It has become commonplace to assume that all ‘bad events’ – and particularly those which involve violence – have a pathological effect on the sufferer’s psyche, as well as that of the perpetrators. This essay explores the ways victims of rape and sexual assault were understood in psychiatric, psychological, forensic, and legal texts in Britain and America from the 19th to the late 20th century. It argues that, unlike most other ‘bad events’, which were incorporated within trauma narratives from the 1860s, the ascription of psychological trauma was only applied to rape victims a century later. Why and what were the consequences? « [Source: Theory, Culture & Society]