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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Simmons (111) challenged the government's use of Rape Trauma Syndrome evidence to explain a victim's behavior.
In one case, the court allowed an expert to testify about Rape Trauma Syndrome to explain why the victim delayed reporting being raped.
196) Evidence tending to explain a victim's behavior--such as Rape Trauma Syndrome or Battered Woman Syndrome--would fall under this category.
1481, 1500 (1995) (outlining courts' argument that expert testimony concerning rape trauma syndrome is too subjective).
BURGESS & HOLMSTROM, 1985: Rape trauma syndrome and post-traumatic stress response.
Although every survivor experiences Rape Trauma Syndrome, not all experience it alike.
Massaro, Experts, Psychology, Credibility, and Rape: The Rape Trauma Syndrome Issue and Its Implications for Expert Psychological Testimony, 69 MINN.
Nobody knew about rape trauma syndrome in the '70s - especially when it involved males.