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.