Inscribed Bodies

Health Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Anna Luise Kirkengen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Anna Luise Kirkengen
    Pages 1-107
  3. Anna Luise Kirkengen
    Pages 109-317
  4. Anna Luise Kirkengen
    Pages 319-396
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 397-462

About this book


This book contributes to an overall understanding of the nature and the impact of sexual boundary violations. By exploring an extreme human experience, childhood sexual abuse, the present study allows an insight into a hidden, silenced, and destructive aspect of human relations. It is the first of its kind to make comprehensible both the general path from violation to sickness, and the particular logic of assault embodiment.
Due to its theoretical and methodological framework, the present study provides evidence that the embodiment of sexual violation experience is informed by situated logic and rationality. These, however, do not correspond to scientific logic and rationality. The universe of socio-culturally constituted meaning and that of scientifically constructed knowledge are shown to be incompatible. Subjectively informed violation embodiment is likely to be misinterpreted and consequently maltreated within the objectively grounded framework of current biomedical praxis.
Consequently, victims of silenced sexual violence are revictimized by medicine.


aspect experience health interpret knowledge logic medicine nature present rationality subject violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Luise Kirkengen
    • 1
  1. 1.Former Research fellow at the Institute of General Practice and Community MedicineThe University of OsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5718-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-1886-8
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