Digital Storytelling as a Means of Sharing Trauma

Tokgöz Şahoğlu C.

Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, cilt.42, sa.3, ss.100-115, 2019 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 42 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2019
  • Dergi Adı: Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.100-115


Digital storytelling has transformative influences on our worlds of meaning and social relations. The focus of the study is the individual and the social effects of digital storytelling as a means of sharing sexual violence traumas. In the preliminary research, the expert interview method were used and with the help of psychologists the content of the study was determined. There are positive effects of digital narratives, such as facilitating sharing and overcoming trauma, developing empathy and connectivity, consciousness-raising, being a part of digital activist movements and contributing to social change. On the other hand, because of its own authority conditions of new media, there are negative effects such as reproduction of male-dominated discourses, secondary trauma, and making the survivor the target of victim-blaming and hate speech. This study aims to discuss the positive and negative ways of digital trauma narratives of sexual violence survivors by considering the differences between collective workshop-based digital storytelling and personal social media stories.