In this NSVRC xCHANGE podcast, Dr. Sarah E. Ullman discusses her recent book, Talking About Sexual Assault: Society's Response to Survivors. This book explores women's rape disclosure, addressing such issues as why, how often, and to whom women disclose their sexual assault and how these responses affect survivors. Broad social norms and attitudes about rape shape the negative reactions to disclosure. Incorporating the perspectices of survivors, informal support providers (family, friends, and intimate partners), and formal support providers (therapists, victim advocates, and others), Dr. Ullman provides recommendations for research, treatment, and intervention.
Sarah E. Ullman, PhD, is a professor of criminology, law, and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her doctorate in social/developmental psychology from Brandeis University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.