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  • I don't pretend to know what the victims of rape have suffered and still suffer. What I do know is that there is pretty good research out there that says that journaling about the experience helps. The act of putting it down on the page gives the victim a measure of control that they did not have when the violence occurred. Another aspect of the healing power of the written word here is that it gives the victim the ability to confront her perpetrator, to say things she wanted to say at the time but couldn't because of fear. It is empowering to have the ability to have this confrontation. Victims of sexual violence may not feel comfortable sharing their experience with family and friends. Through no fault of their own, they have suffered, still many victims suffer in silence. Writing about violence makes the physical and emotional onslaught concrete and finite by containing it on the page. The violence now has a beginning and, with prayers and hope, an end.

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