Surviving Sexual Violence

January 1, 1998


This study, based on in-depth interviews with sixty women, is the first book to cover women’s experience of a whole range of forms of sexual violence over their lifetimes. Drawing on feminist theory, Liz Kelly uses what women say in their interviews to develop it further: conceptualizing the different forms of sexual violence as a continuum; focusing on how women define their experiences and how they develop strategies to resist; cope with, and survive sexual violence.

Available from the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, £11.50 plus £1.00 p&p


Extracts from Surviving Sexual Violence are also available as follows:

‘The continuum of sexual violence’. In Sexualities: Critical Assessments – Volume One, (forthcoming), Ken Plummer, (ed.), Routledge.

Spolno Nasilje: Feministiche Raziskave Za Socialno Delo, (1996) Darja Zavirsek (ed.), Zbornik (publisher), Ljubljana, Croatia.

‘A central issue: sexual violence and feminist theory’. In Feminism: An Oxford Reader, (1995), Judith Squires and Sandra Kemp (eds.), Oxford University Press.


  • Authors:
    Liz Kelly