Speaking Out Beyond Feminism: Public Survivors and Rape Narratives

  • Tanya Serisier


This chapter provides an account of the increasing cultural acceptance of the ethical and political necessity of speaking out as a response to sexual violence. It revisits the late 1980s as a turning point in the public recognition of survivor narratives and ‘public survivors’, women who achieve a public profile through speaking about their experience of rape. The chapter traces the way the growing cultural authority of speaking out has seen survivor narratives become discursively separate from feminism. The chapter explores this through consideration of two early ‘public survivors’, Nancy Ziegenmeyer in the USA and Jill Saward in the UK, ordinary women who became public figures through speaking out about their perspectives of rape.


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  • Tanya Serisier
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  1. 1.School of LawBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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