Introduction

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April 27, 2013

ART: I Was Raped: The Psychological Effects of Rape Among Liberian & Ghanaian Women in Ghana

Author: Edna Aryee
Title: I Was Raped
Subtitle: The Psychological Effects of Rape Among Liberian & Ghanaian Women in Ghana
Journal: Women's Health & Urban Life
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Year: May 2013
Pages: 97-114
ISSN: 1499-0369
Language: English
Full Text: T-Space at the University of Toronto Libraries [Free Access]

Abstract: »This paper presents findings from research about the psychological effects of rape among 15 Ghanaian and 15 Liberian rape survivors comparing them with 15 Ghanaian and 15 Liberian women not raped living in Ghana. We found that both Liberian and Ghanaian rape survivors had increased levels of depression and that both Ghanaian and Liberian women who had been raped by familiar perpetrators exhibited higher levels of depression than those raped by strangers. Liberian survivors exposed to limited cognitive behavioural counselling exhibited lower levels of depression despite being displaced and living in a refugee camp. Our findings on the psychological effects of rape and the mitigating effects of counselling are the first of their kind for Ghanaian and Liberian women. We hope that the dissemination of these results will encourage the provision of counselling for all women who find themselves victimized by rape.« [Source: T-Space]