I have been reading this thread with interest.
I have been a victim myself (not of rape) but neverthe less a victim of violence.
I was surprised by the answers!
For me, if my therapist had of told me that she had expierenced my situation I would feel I could relate to someone who totally understood.
That was what kept me from going in the first place, because I thought how can someone help me who has not experienced the situation? Sure it's easy to say that someone has the documentation to show they studied for their degree but unless you wear the shoes you really don't get it. (In my humble opinion)
I think that is why groups like A.A. and weight watchers have had success because they are all people who have been in the same situation and they can relate to one another.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that one really has to be careful, what is right for one person is definetly not right for another.