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Sexual Violence and Mental Health:Confronting the Paradox of the "Guilty Victim"

"Published in Gender, Society and Mental Health, Bhargavi Davar ed, Sage, 2001.

by Kavita Panjabi  

A central paradox that characterizes a woman subject to sexual violence in many cultures, including India, is that of the "guilty victim", both with society declaring her guilty of a moral flaw, and with the woman herself feeling guilty of complicity or even provocation.

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