To uncover implicit and explicit meanings that are embedded in the experiences of adult survivors of sexual assault, the authors conducted interviews with 12 women survivors. Using Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenology, they uncovered three relational themes and one overarching pattern from the data. ĝ€?Breaking downĝ€? describes the violence that survivors experience, ĝ€?making meaningĝ€? expresses the ways in which survivors incorporate the assault into the narratives of their lives, and ĝ€?going beyond themselvesĝ €? explicates what survivors do with their story, who they tell, and what they want to happen. Moving within the spiral: the process of surviving, the constitutive pattern, contains emerging themes, lived experiences, and the practices of participants.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Process of surviving
- Sexual assault
- Spiral metaphor