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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Understanding The “Counterintuitive” Behavior of Victims

Date: 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT April 17, 2018 Location: Online


Dr. Christopher Wilson will present Neurobiology of Sexual Assault:  Understanding The “Counterintuitive” Behavior of Victims, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. 

Understanding the brain’s response to trauma is critical to understanding the seemingly counterintuitive behavior of sexual assault victims such as continued or re-engagement with a perpetrator, non- or delayed disclosure of victimization, flat affect, among others.  This training will address the science behind such behaviors—i.e., defense circuitry, attachment circuitry, immobility responses, the role habitual behavior can play in one’s response to being sexually assaulted, the impact of trauma on memory, and the long term impact trauma can have on survivors.  Awareness of the science can help attorneys and other victim services providers better serve their clients, as well as help inform the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases.

For more information about this and other NAVRA trainings and to register, go to NAVRA’s website.