Collective Narrative Practice with Rape Victims in the Chinese Society of Hong Kong

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This article presents an example of collective narrative practice with Chinese women who have experienced rape. In a cultural context where rape is an immense taboo and a source of shame, this group project linked individual women to the collective. The use of the Tree of Life methodology, re-authoring conversations, outsider witnesses, therapeutic letters and documents, and definitional ceremony, has richly described the knowledges and skills of these women which have helped them, and which could contribute to the lives of other women. In addition to acknowledging personal agency, the cultural dimension and social construction of sexual violence was exposed in local language and practice, and the power of dominant discourses was revealed and challenged.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-31
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Narrative Therapy & Community Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

User-Defined Keywords

  • rape
  • women
  • Chinese
  • collective practice
  • narrative therapy
  • collective documents
  • Hong Kong


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