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Thoughtful, provocative and intelligent, this game-changing book looks at sexual assault and the global discourse on rape from the viewpoint of a survivor, writer, counsellor and activist. Drawing on three decades of grappling with the issue personally and professionally, and on her work with hundreds of other survivors, she explores what we think about rape and what we say. She also explores what we don’t say, and asks pertinent questions about who gets raped and who rapes, about consent and desire, about redemption and revenge, and about how we raise our sons.
Alexenko, Natasha S. (2018) A Survivor's Journey: From Victim to Advocate. Available in print
On August 6, 1993, the twenty-year-old author was assaulted at gunpoint. After nearly a decade, her backlogged rape kit was finally tested and her rapist, who roamed free for ten years, was brought to justice. On the day he was sentenced, Alexenko vowed that she would no longer be a statistic and would do whatever she could to help police on behalf of other rape victims. In 2011, she founded Natasha’s Justice Project (NJP), a nonprofit committed to ending the rape-kit backlog.
Dick, Kirby. (2012) The Invisible War. Available in DVD
This film is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem: a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The DOD estimates there were a staggering 22,800 violent sex crimes in the military in 2011. Among all active-duty female soldiers, 20 percent are sexually assaulted.
Dostie, Ryan L. (2019) Formation: A Woman's Memoir of Stepping Out of Line. Available in print
The author never imagined herself on the front lines of a war halfway around the world, but then a conversation with an Army recruiter in her high-school cafeteria changes the course of her life. Hired as a linguist, she has to find a space for herself in the testosterone-filled world of the Army barracks when the unthinkable happens: she is raped by a fellow soldier. Struggling with PTSD and commanders who don't trust her story, she finds herself fighting the isolation of trauma and the aftereffects.
The author recounts his own painful event and his later attempts to seek help to lay bare the physical and psychological trauma of a crime we still don’t openly discuss: the rape of adult men by men. He examines the requirements society implicitly places upon men who are victims of rape, examines the reasons for our resounding silence around this issue, and reveals how alarmingly common this sexual violence is.
Factora-Borchers, Lisa. (2014) Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence. Available in ebook
This book shares the lessons, memories, and vision of over fifty artists, activists, mothers, writers, and students who share their stories of survival or what it means to be an advocate and ally to survivors. Written in an epistolary format, this multi-generational, multi-ethnic collection of letters and essays is a moving journey into the hearts and minds of the survivors of rape, incest, and other forms of sexual violence, written directly to and for other survivors.
Gay, Roxane. (2018) Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. Available in print
This anthology brings together pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest.
This is the story of Germano's struggle to achieve equality of performance and opportunity for female Marines against an entrenched male-dominated status quo. It is also a universal tale of the effects of systemic gender bias. Germano charges that the men above her in the chain of command were too invested in perpetuating the subordinate role of women in the Corps to allow her to prove that the female Marine can be equal to her male counterpart.
Hall, Lynn K. (2017) Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet's Story of Rape and Resilience. Available in ebook
Resolute and committed to the Air Force Academy, Hall survived the ordeals of a first-year cadet: intense hazing from upperclassmen, grueling physical training, and demanding coursework. But she’s dismissed from the Academy when, after being raped by an upperclassman and contracting herpes, she is diagnosed with meningitis and left with chronic and debilitating pain. Betrayed by the Academy and overcome with shame, Hall candidly recounts her loss of self, the dissociation from her body and the forfeiture of her individuality as a result of the military’s demands and her perpetrator’s abuse.
Harding, Kate. (2016) Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do about It. Coming soon in print
The author combines in-depth research with a frank, no-holds-barred voice to make the case that twenty-first-century America supports rapists more effectively than it supports victims. From institutional failures in higher education to real-world examples of rape culture, there are ideas and suggestions how as a society, we can take sexual violence much more seriously without compromising the rights of the accused.
Henry, Nicola. (2014) Preventing Sexual Violence: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Overcoming a Rape Culture. Available in ebook
While there is much agreement about the scope of sexual violence, how to go about preventing it before it occurs is the subject of much debate. This unique interdisciplinary collection investigates the philosophy and practice of primary prevention of sexual violence within education institutions and the broader community.
Jackson, Liz. (2020) From ‘Aggressive Masculinity’ to ‘Rape Culture’: An Educational Philosophy and Theory Gender and Sexualities Reader. Available in ebook
This book explores the relationship between gender and sex roles and socialization and education, foregrounding issues of inequity and different forms of oppression in various contexts. It tells a rich story of transformation of a field over nearly half a century, in relation to the theorization of gender and sexuality in educational philosophy and theory.
More than 320,000 Americans over the age of twelve are sexually assaulted each year. One in thirty-three American men will be sexually assaulted or raped in his lifetime. Yet only 3% of rapists ever serve time in jail. Learn about the social constructs that support rape culture and how to dismantle them: redefining healthy manhood and sexuality, believing victims, improving social and legal systems and workplace environments, evaluating media with a critical eye, and standing up to speak out. Case studies provide a well-rounded view of real people on all sides of the issues.
McMichael, William H. (1997) The mother of all hooks: the story of the U.S. Navy's Tailhook Scandal. Available in print
This book details the US government's attempts to punish naval officers for sexual misconduct committed at the 1991 Tailhook Association convention in Las Vegas. The author describes the institutionalized mind-set that led to that misconduct. This failure led to further investigative and prosecutorial excesses that ultimately doomed the effort to bring the guilty to justice; many of the guiltiest were given immunity to testify and escaped severe punishment. The author makes clear that Tailhook misconduct had been largely condoned for decades, but that senior officials failed to take responsibility for allowing such an atmosphere to flourish.
The author shares her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath of her sexual assault and the trial that revealed the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable.
Morris, E. Ellen. (2014) Unseen Battles: The Recognition, Assessment, and Treatment Issues of Men With Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Trauma, Violence & Abuse Vol. 15, No. 2. Available via the library’s ejournal subscription at https://www-jstor-org.milibrary.idm.oclc.org/stable/26638338
While there is increasing attention on sexual violence in the military, the focus has been primarily on women. There is very little information regarding the effects of and treatment for men who experience military sexual trauma (MST). The aim of this article is to consolidate the known information about men with MST including prevalence rates, factors that affect those rates, gender differences, medical and psychiatric sequelae, and finally a review of two experimental studies. Implications for future research, practice, and policy are also discussed.
O’Donohue, William T. (2019) Handbook of Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault Prevention. Available in ebook
This book provides in-depth overviews of the many, multi-faceted issues surrounding sexual assault and its pervasiveness in today’s culture. Drawn from multiple viewpoints and experts, it’s divided into seven comprehensive sections, covering such topics as risk factors, varying theoretical frameworks, prevention and intervention, and special populations. Within these sections the authors provide historical background as well as the latest research and offer treatment outcomes and potentials.
Orchowski, Lindsay M. (2018) Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory, Research, and Practice. Available in ebook
This volume brings together leading researchers and practitioners to operationalize sexual assault risk reduction approaches and highlights the rationale and need for risk reduction in the context of other sexual assault prevention efforts. The volume provides an overview of the history of this sexual assault prevention approach and addresses current controversies and questions in the field. The authors outline risk and protective factors for victimization and discuss how these factors guide risk reduction efforts.
Phillips, Dave. (2019). Six men tell their stories of sexual assault in the Military. From New York Times. Available online
More than 100,000 men have been sexually assaulted in the military in recent decades. Shame and stigma kept the vast majority from coming forward to report the attacks. Six men are speaking out to break the silence.
From its origins in academic discourse in the 1970s to today, the concept of “rape culture” has resonated in a variety of spheres, including television, gaming, comic book culture, and college campuses. This book traces ways that sexual violence is collectively processed, mediated, negotiated, and contested by exploring public reactions to high-profile incidents and rape narratives in popular culture.
Scott, Cheryl (2013) Sexual assault in the military: a guide for victims and families. Available in print
This book serves as an easy-to-use, comprehensive reference guide for military members and their families about sexual assault and harassment. While more and more attention is focused on getting victims to report their abuse, accessing information can still be difficult for service-members. Understanding that the military is making changes, and offering support is a necessary step towards how best to treat these cases and how to get help and justice.
Shadley, Robert D. (2013) The GAMe: unraveling a military sex scandal. Available in print
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, 1996: The U.S. Army's most extensive sexual abuse scandal on record is uncovered by Major General Robert Shadley. Known as GAM, or Game ala Military, an entire network of senior male instructors is in competition to sexually assault and exploit the young female trainees in their charge. Immersed in a battle unlike anything he d been trained to fight, Shadley must unravel the game, bring the players to justice, and get help for a record number of victims.
Tate, Polo (2020) Deep Dark Blue: My Story of Surviving Sexual Assault in the Military. Available in print
At age eighteen, the author started basic training at the United States Air Force Academy. She does everything right, from academics to athletics. But no one prepared her for what came next: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her superiors. Harassment from peers who refused to believe her story.