cover image: The Impact of Trauma on Adult Sexual Assault Victims



The Impact of Trauma on Adult Sexual Assault Victims

11 Mar 2019

You are asked to: exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced; indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author organization; and indicate that the reproduction is a copy of an official work that is published by the Government of Canada and that the reproduction has not been produced in affiliation with or with the endorsement of t [...] The focus of this report is on outlining some of the key findings from the body of knowledge of neuroscience, and applying them to the issue of sexual assault and its impacts on victims. [...] More specifically, we review and highlight some of the significant developments, which have emerged from the field of the neurobiology of trauma as they relate to the unique crime of sexual assault. [...] The report also reviews and highlights some of the key findings about the neurobiology of trauma that are relevant to the unique crime of sexual assault. [...] These are the mistaken and pernicious ideas that a woman who is “promiscuous” or of so-called “unchaste” character is untrustworthy and more likely to have consented to the sexual acts in question (which are the subject of the sexual assault charge); these are the “twin myths” the Supreme Court repudiated in enacting s. 276 of the Criminal Code, otherwise known as Canada’s “rape shield law”.
health domestic violence crime criminal justice science and technology psychology behavioural sciences biology stress prosecution rape cognition court assault judiciary trial (court) courtroom cognitive science empathy ptsd emotion assaults sexually assaulted traumatic events amygdala hippocampus memories
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Ottawa, ON, CA

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