ERIC Number: ED333260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Survivors' Voices Breaking the Silence: Owning the Past.
Benton, Carol L.
For the adult survivor of incest, the evolution from victim to survivor occurs in complex and creative ways. Often journal writing can be a means of exposing and exploring past abuse. The process of journal writing is special in that it allows the adult survivor to break the silence and shame imposed by the perpetrator while remaining essentially invisible and safe. The journal text is a private, reconstructed world in which the text's speaker is also its audience. The act of writing in a journal is essentially performative because of this audience. This paper relies on a textual analysis of selected published journal excerpts to explicate the implied audience embedded in survivors' journals. An examination of implied audience is meaningful to initially understand how survivors thematize, contextualize, and work through past abuse. (37 references) (NB)
Descriptors: Adults, Child Abuse, Family Relationship, Incest, Journal Writing, Sexual Abuse
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Speech Communication Association (76th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1990).