Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 252–262 | Cite as

Once a princess, always a princess: A strategy for therapy with families of rape victims

  • Leslie L. Feinauer
  • Debbie L. Hippolite


Reconstitutive interventions for victims of rape involve more than discussion of cognitive and emotional responses to the traumatic events of the rape and the post-traumatic anxiety and depression. Many victims and families of victims are not able to reconstruct a supportive functional system after they have been violated by rape. This paper presents a strategic ritual which can be used with the raped family to facilitate this reorganization and restitution of their integrity.

Through the use of a short metaphorical story and symbolic ritual, each individual member and the family as a whole can experience, reexperience, and redecide how they will respond to this traumatic event through open expression of their emotions and responses. Reintegration of their responses and shared life crisis enable them to respond to one another in ways not open to them previously.


Health Psychology Social Issue Traumatic Event Emotional Response Individual Member 
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© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie L. Feinauer
    • 1
  • Debbie L. Hippolite
    • 1
  1. 1.Marriage and Family Therapy ProgramBrigham Young UniversityProvo

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