rape trauma syndrome


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A stress reaction to a life-threatening situation in which sexual assault was attempted or successful. The psychic trauma has three phases that begin at the moment of the assault and may resolve in some fashion over the course of months or years

rape trauma syndrome

Psychology An acute stress reaction to a life-threatening situation in which sexual assault was attempted or successful. See Date rape, Rape, Sexual assault.
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127) The court stated, "[I]f the presence of rape trauma syndrome is detectable and reliable as evidence that a forcible assault did take place, it is relevant when a defendant argues the victim consented to sexual intercourse.
39) Similarly, Rape Trauma Syndrome evidence is also used by prosecutors to negate a defense of consent.
The acute stage of rape trauma syndrome is a crisis period that occurs immediately after the attack and lasts for about two or three weeks.
92) Whether characterized as rape trauma syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, or an aggregate of minor psychological injuries, the mental and emotional harm resulting from sexual assault can be short-term, long-term, or permanent.
One of the symptoms of the rape trauma syndrome is avoidance of the place or circumstance in which the event occurred.
Training programmes taught officers about the Rape Trauma Syndrome, that false complaints of rape were rare, delays in reporting common, and that complainants were to be treated with sympathy and respect (Blair 1985: ch.
The catastrophic psychological, medical, and criminological effects of rape trauma syndrome on victims will continue to reverberate through U.
Related psychological traumas include Rape Trauma Syndrome,[6] Battered Woman Syndrome,[7] and dissociative disorders.
Rape and childhood sexual assault are associated with numerous short-term and long-term effects on psychosocial and physical health including depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, self-destructive behaviors,[1-5] sexually transmitted diseases,[6,7] chronic pelvic pain[8,9] sexual dysfunction,[10-12] post-traumatic stress disorder,[13] rape trauma syndrome,[14] somatization,[1-3,14-16] and a high rate of Use of medical and mental health services.
67, 90 (2000) (footnotes omitted) (citing Ann Wolbert Burgess & Lynda Lytle Holmstrom, Rape Trauma Syndrome, in FORCIBLE RAPE: THE CRIME, THE VICTIM, AND THE OFFENDER 315, 319-20 (Duncan Chappell et al.
The complaint was filed March 28 on behalf of Amy McQuillin and seeks unspecified damages for physical pain, mental suffering, impairments and ``complications associated with rape trauma syndrome.
Upon his third release in 1984, he finally was able to receive counseling for rape trauma syndrome.