Beyond Victim or Survivor: Sexual Violence, Identity and Feminist Theory and Practice

  • Liz Kelly
  • Sheila Burton
  • Linda Regan
Part of the Explorations in Sociology. book series (EIS)


In this chapter we examine recent debates about the meaning of sexual victimization. These struggles have implications for feminist praxis; for theory, research and practice. We explore several locations from which challenges to previous feminist re-definitions emerge; specifically, recent popularist publications which use, in a pejorative tone, the term ‘victim’ or ‘victimhood’ feminism and academic contestation of prevalence research. In the second half of the paper we connect these themes with a discussion of what we call ‘the victim/survivor dichotomy’, which represents another element in debates about the extent and meaning of sexual victimization.


Child Sexual Abuse Sexual Violence Sexual Victimization Feminist Theory British Psychological Society 
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  • Liz Kelly
  • Sheila Burton
  • Linda Regan

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