Counseling the Mates and Families of Rape Victims

  • Daniel Silverman
  • Sharon L. McCombie


Male mates and family members may find it difficult to respond to the female rape victim in an empathic and supportive manner for a variety of cognitive and emotional reasons. The purpose of this chapter is to describe common patterns of reaction among the husbands, boyfriends, and family members of rape victims; to outline the dynamics of such responses and their effects on the relationships involved; and to offer technical suggestions to the counselor, who must deal not only with the intense feelings of mates and family members but also with his or her own emotional responses to the affectively laden topic of rape victimization.


Male Mate Rape Victim Beth Israel Hospital Rape Crisis Difficult Feeling 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Silverman
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sharon L. McCombie
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Instructor in PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Rape Crisis Intervention ProgramBeth Israel HospitalBostonUSA
  4. 4.Clinical InstructorSimmons College School of Social WorkBostonUSA

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