Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)


College of Education, Department of Counseling and Special Education

First Advisor

Dr. Joy Whitman


This study examined the therapeutic impact of public disclosure for survivors of sexual assault. The purpose was to identify how disclosure in a public setting affected the recovery process of survivors of sexual assault. Three adult women were interviewed about their experiences. This study analyzed the meaning of public disclosure for these women in order to understand if it had therapeutic value in their recoveries. Each woman indicated that public disclosure helped strengthen her recovery. Public disclosure helped these women connect with other survivors and supporters, which assisted in alleviating feelings of shame. There is a need to study public disclosure for survivors of sexual assault further, but this study found that it can be helpful during recovery.