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
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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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