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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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This paper develops an idea of ethical advocacy as our moral responsibility to victims of violence. While ethical advocacy is not a new theory, this paper grounds our moral responsibility for advocacy in an understanding of violence as a loss of voice. Voice is understood as a robust intersubjective and political metaphor for agency and subjectivity. If violence is a loss of voice, then the responsibility of an advocate is not just to be a voice for victims, but to cultivate the conditions under which victims may find their voice again. Three models of advocacy are reviewed here: Sally Scholz's argument for ethical advocacy, Susan Brison and Hilde Lindemann Nelson's arguments for narrative retellings, and Kelly Olive's theory of witnessing.

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Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

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Zion, Illinois

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