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Seize the Moment Podcast

Jun 11, 2023

On episode 175, we welcome Dr. Judith Herman to discuss her work with survivors of rape, what rape culture is and how it enables victimization, the evidence that rape victims aren’t vengeful, how the criminal justice system marginalizes and silences survivors, the role of the moral community in healing, restorative justice and how it differs from our adversarial system of punishment, the significance of changing hyper-masculinity from the top down and how elder males can help foster change, why most rapists aren’t mentally ill, the myths that women contribute to their own abuse or lie about it, differentiating between different types of sexual assaults and creating a punitive system to fit each degree, and why most survivors prefer acknowledgement and a commitment to change instead of monetary compensation.

Judith L. Herman, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Her new book, available now, is called Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice.


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