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Benedict, Helen

Overview
Works: 37 works in 118 publications in 4 languages and 8,567 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Interviews  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Romance fiction  Biography  Juvenile works  Psychological fiction  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Fictional autobiographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR4167, 823.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Helen Benedict
Virgin or vamp : how the press covers sex crimes by Helen Benedict( Book )

28 editions published between 1992 and 2000 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The national press has recently lavished coverage on several major sex-related scandals: the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and the Mike Tyson case. With each event came lurid stories pitting either a loose or a virginal woman against an unwilling or monstrous man. Such extreme coverage, argues Helen Benedict, perpetuates myths that are harmful to the victims of these crimes (and sometimes to the accused). With the rise in reported rapes, more such myth-mongering stories are bound to be seen in the future. In Virgin or Vamp, Benedict addresses the press's tendency to misrepresent rape, denigrate victims, and invade the privacy of its subjects, while also pointing out the press's critical role in informing and educating the public. In this timely book, Benedict draws on her experience as a reporter and professor of journalism to examine the print press's treatment of four prominent sex crimes from the past decade - the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the "Preppy Murder" in New York, and the Central Park jogger rape. By analyzing the language of the original news stories and interviewing the original reporters, Benedict identifies the press's tendency to label victims as either virgins or vamps, a practice she condemns as misleading and harmful. For example, she finds that the press worked so hard at portraying Jennifer Levin, the victim of the "Preppy Murder," as a man-chasing vamp that it made her seem as responsible for her death as was her killer, Robert Chambers. Likewise, Benedict shows how the press depicted Greta Rideout as a hysterical wife who accused her husband of rape for revenge, rather than as a victim of domestic battery who eventually escaped - the truth of the case. Benedict also looks at other factors that perpetuate the misunderstanding of rape. For instance, she shows how the New York press presented the Central Park jogger rape case as motivated by racism because of its unwillingness to consider rape an issue of gender. She also addresses our inherent language bias (more positive words exist to describe men than women), the press's tendency to use sexually suggestive language to describe crime victims, and its preference for crimes against whites. In her conclusion, Benedict analyzes the William Kennedy Smith rape case, and argues that the debate over naming victims is misconceived in light of the press's current lack of understanding about rape. More than a critique about the way the print press covers sex crimes, Virgin or Vamp also reveals the roots of rape coverage in the days of lynching, and shows how deep traditionalist views of women still run. Benedict concludes with both practical and radical suggestions of how reporters can challenge such views by covering these increasingly common crimes without further harming the victims, the defendants, or public understanding
The lonely soldier : the private war of women serving in Iraq by Helen Benedict( Book )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a 29-year Army and Army Reserve Colonel, I urge everyone--especially women--to read this important book. Through unforgettable stories, "The Lonely Soldier" explains the shocking frequency of sexual assault and what can be done"--Army Reserve Colonel Ann Wright
Recovery : how to survive sexual assault for women, men, teenagers, their friends and families by Helen Benedict( Book )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clears up misconceptions about rape, describes short- and long-term emotional reactions to sexual assault, and offers advice about counseling
Safe, strong & streetwise by Helen Benedict( Book )

6 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Section titles include "Who Would Hurt You and Why," "Your Sexual Rights and Responsibilities," "Protecting Yourself Inside," "Self-defense," and "Getting Help." Includes an appendix for parents
Sand Queen by Helen Benedict( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady's vision of bringing honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East is tarnished when she joins the Army only to be assigned to a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003 as a prison guard, but she become acquainted with Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and brother are detainees, and through their parallel struggles to survive and hold tight to the people they love, the young women have a profound affect on each other's lives
The edge of Eden by Helen Benedict( Book )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1960, when her husband, Rupert, a British diplomat, is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, Penelope is less than thrilled. But she never imagined the danger that awaited her family there. Her sun-kissed children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, in the tropical colonial outpost. Rupert, meanwhile, falls under the spell of a local beauty who won't stop until she gets what she wants. Desperate to save her marriage, Penelope turns to black magic, exposing her family to the island's sinister underbelly. Ultimately, Penny and her family suffer unimaginable casualties, rendering their lives profoundly and forever changed
Wolf season by Helen Benedict( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed. Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her blind daughter and the three wolves under her care. Naema, a widoweddoctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life-threatening injuries. Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her marine husband's deployment in Afghanistan, equally afraid of him coming home and of him never returning at all. As they struggle to maintain their humanity and find hope, their war-torn lives collide in a way that will affect their entire community"--
Portraits in print : a collection of profiles and the stories behind them by Helen Benedict( Book )

5 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bad angel by Helen Benedict( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tired of looking after her daughter's baby, a Dominican cleaning lady in New York concocts a scheme to have it adopted by a rich woman. The drama begins when the daughter decides she wants her baby back. By the author of A World Like This
The sailor's wife : a novel by Helen Benedict( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and German and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aimlessly drifting after graduating from high school in a Miami suburb, Joyce Perlman meets a handsome young Greek merchant marine, marries him--against her parents' wishes, and finds herself stuck on a remote Greek island, working for his parents, while he's off to sea for over two years
The opposite of love : a novel by Helen Benedict( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When seventeen-year-old Madge, a bi-racial girl living in a small Pennsylvania town populated by bigots, decides to change the world for the better, she starts by "adopting" a four-year-old boy she finds abandoned in New York City
A world like this by Helen Benedict( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sand queen : a novel by Helen Benedict( )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and democracy to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother have been detained in the camp. Kate and Naema promise to help each other, but the war soon strains their intentions. Like any soldier, Kate must face the daily threats of combat duty, but as a woman, she is in equal danger from the predatory men in her unit. Naema suffers bombs, starvation, and the loss of her home and family. As the two women struggle to survive and hold on to the people they love, each comes to have a drastic and unforeseeable effect on the other's life. Culled from real life stories of female soldiers and Iraqis, Sand Queen offers a story of hope, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of women at war
The Invisible War by Kirby Dick( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A groundbreaking investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they courageously came forward to report
Villette by Charlotte Brontë( Book )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fleeing an unhappy past in England, penniless Lucy Snowe starts life anew at a boarding school in cosmopolitan Villette, a stand-in for Brussels. The mystery, jealousy, and love that she finds there give Charlotte Brontë's final novel much of the Gothic tone and psychological incisiveness that prompted George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and others to call Villette her finest work. Based on Brontë's own experiences in Brussels and her attachment to a brilliant teacher with a strong and eccentric personality, this superb romantic novel is an exceptional example of how a great writer transforms the ordinary events of her life into vivid and exciting art."--Amazon.com description
Stand up for yourself! by Helen Benedict( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Impara a difenderti by Helen Benedict( Book )

5 editions published between 1997 and 2002 in Italian and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domande e risposte, testimonianze di vita vissuta, consigli, spiegazioni, suggerimenti: questo manuale intende affrontare con coraggio e serietà il problema dell'abuso sessuale sui minori, dal loro punto di vista, in maniera esauriente, senza generare allarmismi, con lo scopo esplicito di dare tutti gli strumenti di conoscenza di una questione delicata. Il testo spiega che cosa sono gli abusi sessuali, perché avvengono, come si fa a difendersi, come si possono evitare situazioni a rischio, che fare se si è vittime di comportamenti non rispettosi del proprio corpo.[Testo dell'editore]
The edge of Eden by Helen Benedict( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1960, when her husband, Rupert, a British diplomat, is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, Penelope is less than thrilled. But she never imagined the danger that awaited her family there. Her sun-kissed children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, in the tropical colonial outpost. Rupert, meanwhile, falls under the spell of a local beauty who won't stop until she gets what she wants. Desperate to save her marriage, Penelope turns to black magic, exposing her family to the island's sinister underbelly. Ultimately, Penny and her family suffer unimaginable casualties, rendering their lives profoundly and forever changed
Nicholson's London guide. A comprehensive pocket guide to London's sights, pleasures and services, with new maps and street index by Robert Nicholson Publications( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I più soli dei soldati : cinque donne al fronte raccontano la guerra in Iraq by Helen Benedict( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Virgin or vamp : how the press covers sex crimes
Alternative Names
Helen Benedict Brits journaliste

هيلين بنديكت

Languages
English (92)

Italian (6)

German (1)

Dutch (1)

Covers
The lonely soldier : the private war of women serving in IraqRecovery : how to survive sexual assault for women, men, teenagers, their friends and familiesSand QueenThe edge of EdenPortraits in print : a collection of profiles and the stories behind themBad angelThe sailor's wife : a novelThe opposite of love : a novelStand up for yourself!