Practitioner Views on the Impacts, Challenges, and Barriers in Supporting Older Survivors of Sexual Violence (2017)

The 2017 paper explores the intersection between age and sexual violence drawing on interviews with 23 practitioners supporting older survivors (aged 60 and over). Practitioners reported physical and emotional effects of sexual violence leading to limited lifestyles, disengagement from social networks, and reliance on pathogenic coping strategies. Provision of effective support was complicated by challenges associated with aging bodies and the social stigma associated with both sexual victimhood and older age.