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Shared Language

If language creates reality, and words define real life experiences, then how we choose words and use language has great influence.1

Individuals who have been sexually assaulted are often defined by service providers according to their professional relationship. For example, for medical and nursing personnel, the person is a patient. For a social worker or counselor, he or she is a client. The police and prosecuting attorney's office interact with victims and witnesses. Rape crisis staff provide services to victims and survivors.2

This section reviews how to—