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Surviving rape The reconstructing of identity through communication

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Description: Violence done to the body during the act of rape has a devastating effect on the woman's sense of self and identity. This thesis focuses on documenting, analyzing, and performing the narratives of survivors and counselors, specifically looking at issues of power and identity. I study several aspects of post-rape reconstruction of self with a specific focus on what role communication plays in this process. This thesis seeks to address the journey from perception of self as victim to sense of self as survivor in order to encourage a change in how society looks at rape/sexual assault and those who experience this trauma. The entire project seeks to highlight the recovery/integration process while also challenging societal assumptions about rape and rape victims. It also reflects upon the use of performance as a means of communication about this topic and how performance can be used as a means of outreach.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work