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Feeling the Fleshed Body

The Aftermath of Childhood Rape

Brenda Downing

In 1971, on two separate occasions, Brenda Downing was raped. She was in her final year of primary school. In the immediate aftermath, the shame she harboured, coupled with a failed disclosure the same year, meant she did not risk talking of her experience again until almost thirty years later and did not begin to address the trauma, held frozen in her body, for a further ten years.
In this book, she not only explores her long-term somatic response to the trauma of rape, but also examines the bodily responses of nine other women raped in childhood. Using a combination of somatic inquiry, writing and performance-making, her pioneering reflexive and embodied methodology reveals the raped body as agentic and subversive, with the capacity to express trauma through symptoms not always readily recognized or understood. Her findings have significant implications for the care and treatment of rape victims, for further research into the multiple impacts of sexual trauma, and for materialist knowledge-making practices.

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Adler, Janet 71–72 agency, loss of 126, 127, 174 Alaimo, Stacy 171 Astbury, Jill 83 Authentic Movement 65, 70, 71, 72, 192, 202, 208, 209, 228, 230, 251, 259, 260, 286 autoethnography 8, 75, 167, 180, 185, 186, 187, 197, 261, 262 autonomic nervous system 98, 99, 100, 106 autonomic rhythm 100 Bainbridge-Cohen, Bonnie 64, 75, 198 Barad, Karen 171, 200 Body-Mind Centering 3, 5, 7, 21, 33, 50, 63, 65, 97, 99, 100, 101, 134, 136, 137, 181, 191, 192, 193, 195, 196, 198, 199, 201, 202, 206, 210, 215, 216, 217, 219, 221, 222, 223, 226, 231, 245, 251, 252, 258, 285, 286, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320 bodywork 50, 55, 58, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 117, 121, 135, 136, 137, 138, 195, 207, 287, 320 Brison, Susan 18, 19, 43, 51, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 89, 91, 111, 120, 151, 152, 187, 188, 284 Brown, Brene 75, 86, 87 Caruth, Cathy 23, 225 Charcot, Jean-Martin 59, 128 Cheever, Olivia 56, 66, 67, 68, 181, 207 Cixous, Hélène 7, 9, 35, 49, 75, 149, 153, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 167, 173, 179, 181, 189, 190, 191, 197, 249, 278 Culbertson, Roberta 103, 104 Cummins, Alice 3, 4, 21, 33, 191, 258 Descartes, Rene 53, 54 Dickinson, Emily 197 diffraction 177 disclosure, barriers to 42, 81 fear of 81, 153 negative responses to 42, 82, 141 normalisation of 84 plausibility of 78 rates of 144, 145 risks of 82...

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