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Literature Reviews

We Are Not Powerless firmly believes that education is the first step towards adjusting societal attitudes towards survivors of sexual violence. To increase awareness for issues surrounding sexual violence, staff at We Are Not Powerless have compiled a list of literature reviews that we have written. If you have any follow-up questions regarding information in any of these, please contact us.

Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse & Family System Impact 

This paper explores the impact of child sexual abuse by a family member. Differences between intrafamilial and extrafamilial [offenders unrelated to the child] are explored and discussed. 

Child Sexual Abuse & Family Systems

This paper identifies child sexual abuse perpetrator characteristics as well as the impact that sexual abuse may have on the individual and family. An overview of the Social Work Systems Theory is also discussed.

Rape Culture and Health Care Service Delivery

This paper discusses the history of health care service provision, explores the potential impact of rape culture for survivors access to health care services following victimization and offers suggestions to improve existing services.

Sexual Abuse Prevention

This paper discusses ways in which the occurrence of sexual abuse could be reduced at a community level. Suggestions for education programs are also explored. 

Minimization of Male Sexual Assault Survivors in the Criminal Justice System

This review discusses the impact that rape culture and gender roles may have for a male survivor attempting to report their crime.

Substance Abuse & Sexual Violence

In this paper I share some of my personal story of addiction and discuss the impact that substance use may have on the occurrence and reporting of sexual assault.

Male Rape in Young Adulthood

This paper discusses the potential impact of sexual violence for males through the lens of Eric Erickson’s Stages of Development. 

An Intersectional Look at Male GBT Sexual Assault Survivors

This paper discusses factors unique to male survivors who identify as gay, bisexual or transgender. 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Scientific Look

Written by Lukas Byers, this paper gives a brief overview of post-traumatic stress and evidence-based treatment.

The Male Aspect

Written by Lukas Byers, this paper reviews a variety of factors impacting the experience of male sexual assault survivors.

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