The Trauma of Rape: The Case of Ms. X
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This chapter discusses the case of Ms. X, a fifty-five-year-old white woman who teaches elementary school. Ms. X refused to give her name even to the interviewer. Her insistence on total anonymity highlights her continuing fears about being identified as a rape victim. Interestingly, however, Ms. X said that it was a great relief to have the opportunity to talk to someone about her experience and she hoped that other women might learn from her experience to protect themselves better. Ms. X was forty-eight when she was raped seven years ago. She lived in the mountains at the end of a road which is completely blind. Apparently the man who raped her had been following her and watching her habits for a long time. He had kept her as prisoner for two nights and two days.