Surviving Sexual Violence: A Philosophical Perspective

  • Susan J. BrisonEmail author
Part of the Library of Public Policy and Public Administration book series (LPPP, volume 12)


This chapter examines sexual assault from the point of view of a survivor, indicating that its consequences extend beyond the emotional or physical. Philosophical issues are raised by this experience, such as its effects on personal identity, notions of “harm“, the role of denial, victim blaming, as well as its political implications for gender equality. Given the significance of these concerns and the extent of sexual assaults, it is imperative the harms of violence against women be taken more seriously by philosophers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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