Journalist stages her OWN rape to cure trauma of witnessing sex attack on woman

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  1. People deal with stress in different ways.

    For journalist Mac McClelland, it gripped her body and her mind in such a severe way that she had to simulate a violent rape to get over it.

    The Mother Jones civil rights reporter, was on a job in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake when she met a woman she called Sybille - who had been raped at gunpoint and brutally mutilated by a gang of men.

    After Ms McClelland, 31, accompanied her to the hospital - where the surgeon who performed reconstructive surgery on her told her she was a slut and deserved what she got - they were on the way back in a taxi when Sybille saw one of the men who raped her.

    Ms McClelland recalls that she went into a 'a full paroxysm - wailing and flailing in terror, screaming with her eyes rolling in abject terror'.

    It was at that point that something snapped in Ms McClelland too. Despite the fact she has seen the impact of sexual violence all around the globe having reported from the Congo and Burma, this incident was more than she could take.

    According to ABC, she became progressively enveloped in the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress - avoidance of feelings, flashbacks and recurrent thoughts that triggered crying spells. There were smells that made her gag.

    She couldnt get out of bed in the morning and had nightmares and daymares about rape

    The 31-year-old went to see a therapist in her home of San Francisco and despite getting treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, she told her therapist that all she wanted to do was have incredibly violent sex.

    Her therapist suggested it was a good idea and told her to find someone who she trusted enough to do it with.

    Ms McClelland believes that it was this staged violent rape with a close friend that cured her. She even wrote an article about for the online magazine Good.

    In it she explains how her sexual partner mercilessly pinned her, beat her about the head and brutally violated her.

    She wrote about the rape: 'I did not enjoy it in the way a person getting screwed normally would. But as it became clear that I could endure it, I started to take deeper breaths.

    'And my mind stayed there, stayed present even when it became painful, even when he suddenly smothered me with a pillow, not to asphyxiate me but so that he didn't break my jaw when he drew his elbow back and slammed his fist into my face. Two, three, four times.

    'My body felt devastated but relieved; I'd lost, but survived. After he climbed off me, he gathered me up in his arms. I broke into a thousand pieces on his chest, sobbing so hard that my ribs felt like they were coming loose.'

    She told ABC: 'I was not crazy. It was a way for me to deal in sort of a simulated, but controlled situation. I could say "stop" at any time. But it was still awful, and the body doesn't understand when it's in a fight.'

    The controversial article drew as much disgust as praise from readers, some who accused her of taking the attention and focus away from the real victims of Haiti and real rape victims.

    Others were more supportive and congratulated her on her bravery.

    She said: 'I got an email every ten minutes from a total stranger, thanking me for saying they felt a lot less isolated and they appreciated someone starting the conversation.

    'Some of them were incredibly intense and emotional.'

    Many experts don't recommend self-treatment as a way to alleviate post-traumatic stress, but some say that reliving the experience that triggered the mental breakdown, referred to as 'mastery', can be effective.

    Elana Newman, research director for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and a professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, said: 'People want to feel better and have the tendency when they are feeling terrible to attempt some way at mastery. People try to make sense of the experience in any way they can with the resources they've got.'

    Ms Newman told ABC that she thought Ms McClelland was 'brave' as a journalist to address her struggle so openly, but she does not recommend that those with post-traumatic stress 'put themselves at risk without controls'.

    'I don't know her so I can't assess her,' she said. 'But mastery needs to be done in a safe, structured environment.'

    Ms McClelland lived among Burmese rebels for her 2006 book, For Us, Surrender is Out of the Question. She has also written about genocide survivors in Uganda and the Congo.

    Since her experience, and after the CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan was molested in Cairo in February, Ms McClelland took to task the Committee to Protect Journalists for not once mentioning sexual harassment in their manual.

    They subsequently added an 'addendum on sexual aggression' after interviewing almost 50 journalists who have experienced sexual violence - from groping to rape - while doing their jobs.

    She said: 'If the handbook had a section detailing "symptoms of a journalist who really needs counselling and should probably go home", I would have fit the description.'

    Ms McClelland - who returned to Haiti in January for two weeks - said she doesn't think of herself as a 'fragile' person and said she feels compelled to continue her reporting.

    She said: 'Whether people say I'm insane or not, it's tough enough to do this job. If I didn't have any feelings, that would be scary. It's a human response to duress.'

    Read more: Journalist stages her own rape to cure her PTSD caused by a Haitian woman's real sex attack | Mail Online


    Just been shown this and have to say what the hell
     
  2. Tis a weird world indeed.
     
  3. good article but finished a bit soon, I wasnt at the vinegar strokes yet.
     
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  4. Isn't that just normal sex?
     
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  5. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Never even slammed her back door! Almost compassionate sex :)
     
  6. I'm sure I seen that porn film, can't remember the name of it though.
     
  7. I was just wondering how anyone could have such a fucked up head, but then I read where she came from. Septics eh, what are they like?
     
  8. Whilst it seems a rather extreme response to what she was involved in and I wouldn't be rushing to recommend it to anyone I can kind of understand the psychology behind it. Can't see it catching on as a therapy somehow...
     
  9. I call shenanigans.
    This just reinforces my belief that some women will make up any old shit if it gets them attention.
     
  10. Do I still need to bring flowers?
     
  11. Zen

    Zen

    Women tend to do that when they see cocks being wiped on their curtains afterwards.
     
  12. Sounds like a reasonable explanation when the editor bollocks you for filing late copy. If you are a civil rights reporter for a news organization called Mother Jones.

    B
     
  13. Zen

    Zen

    Sounds like the bloke had a ******* good time. :thumright:
     
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  14. Cool, have you got her address, I could pop over and help her out if she wants...

    Not surprised the bloke had to put a pillow over her face though.
     
  15. But she didn't "witness" the actual attack, she saw the women having a panic attack afterward.....Sounds all very "look at me"ish