11/09/2012 05:47 pm ET

Confronting Your Attacker: How One Rape Survivor Found Strength In Court (VIDEO)

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared in court this week with Jared Loughner, the man who shot her. Host Janet Redd led a discussion on HuffPost Live to explore why facing an attacker during trial can be both therapeutic and traumatic.

Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf, author of 'One Voice Raised: A Triumph Over Rape,' shared with Redd how she found strength when she faced her own attacker almost twenty years after being raped.

“It was quite an experience when the case was finally solved, to walk into the court room and see him for the first time. It was very empowering,” she said. “All those fears that I had for all those years, and had tucked them away. I was finally able to release them. Just by telling the story, I realized I was the one in power. I was the one in control at that point.”

Barbara Rothbaum, Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine and Mark Levine, a liberal talk show host and constitutional attorney, joined Redd and Wheatley-Wolf in the discussion.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.