On Being Raped

On Being Raped

Book - 2016
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A personal and moral inquiry into the crime we do our best to ignore- the rape of adult men

When Raymond M. Douglas was an eighteen-year-old living in Europe, he was brutally raped by a Catholic priest. He eventually moved to the United States and became a highly regarded historian, writing with great care about the violent expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe after the Second World War, and parsing the complicated moral questions of these actions. But until now, Douglas has been silent about his own experience of trauma.

In On Being Raped , Douglas recounts this 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. With eloquence and passion, 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 prevalent this kind of sexual violence truly is.

An insightful and sensitive analysis of a type of bodily violation that we either joke about or ignore, On Being Raped promises to open an important dialogue about male rape and what needs to be done to provide adequate services and support for victims. "But before that can happen," writes Douglas, "men who have been raped will have to come out of the shadows...A start has to be made somewhere. This is my attempt at one."
Publisher: Boston :, Beacon Press,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780807050941
Branch Call Number: 362.883 DOU 2016
Characteristics: 111 pages


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Jun 25, 2016

Good book , but about a very SAD topic. Male rape and by a Priest . How this act is and has been covered up by the church , the police , and many more levels that should be trying to eliminate this scourge on society . And as many already know , the truth of how the victim is made out to be the perpetrator and the perpetrator is justified in his vile act . The one thing I would have liked to see happen in this true account of the Author's male rape is that the victim would have been able to get results . He did not !

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