Focus: Dr. Allan Wade
On Violence, Resistance, and Power in Language
At a conference in Sweden, Dr. Allan Wade discusses social responses; particularly, he touches on how a person who has been abused may be further traumatized by the social responses received from people who one perceives as sources of support. Allan discusses how absent positive social responses and the language used to talk about assault can impact the vicitm in negative ways.
The Story of Charlene
In this clip from a counselor-training DVD we see how the response-based approach to therapy exposes violence, clarifies the perpetrator’s responsibility, elucidates and honours the victim’s resistance, and contests the blaming and pathologizing of victims.