A soldier and a sex worker walk into a therapist’s office. Who's more likely to have PTSD?
When we think of post-traumatic stress disorder, we tend to think of soldiers returning from war. But other sections of society are far more likely to suffer from repeated bouts of trauma.
FACT: Women often struggle to leave prostitution
Women often struggle to exit prostitution, and when they do, many find themselves returning after a temporary reprieve, due to difficulties finding a stable home and income. Many are affected by mental health problems, low self esteem and anxiety about life outside of prostitution. Well-funded support and exit services are vital for women trying to…
Survival Mechanisms and Trauma Bonding in Prostitution
Drawing on testimony from women survivors of the sex trade, German feminist activist, Manuela Schon, writes about mechanisms women use to survive prostitution and why exiting can be so hard, why we need to hold the perpetrators accountable, and how prostitution has a key role in maintaining male supremacy and the second class status of…
'Just a piece of meat': how homeless women have little choice but to use sex for survival
Survival sex can be a viable option for women managing homelessness. It ranged from staying with men for a night or a woman remaining in a sexual relationship to avoid becoming homeless again.
Doing Sustainable Trauma Research
This article reflects on the lessons that I’ve learnt on how to make trauma-intensive research a sustainable professional practice. I draw on my own experiences and emphasise, firstly, the development of a reliable ethical framework for trauma research, and, secondly, key aspects of self-care that can be woven into trauma research to ensure that the work enriches rather than defeats us.