Five Online Resources about the Effects of Trauma on Survivors of Sexual Assault
Survivors don’t always act the way we expect. For example, they may exhibit a flat affect or have trouble remembering events. Some officials find these reactions suspicious and as a result question the credibility of the survivor’s account. But the survivor’s reactions may be the result of the trauma of a sexual assault.
Training your campus community on the effects of trauma can help dispel these misconceptions and create an environment that better supports victim/survivors. Indeed, the OCR’s Title IX FAQ emphasizes the need for schools to educate students and employees on the effects of trauma. The White House’s Not Alone report also highlights the need for better trauma-informed training.
Our courses cover the neurobiological effects of trauma on victim/survivors and we’ve also written about Dr. Rebecca Campbell’s research on this topic. But there are also some excellent, free, online resources that you can use as the school year begins to help inform staff, students, and faculty. Below we highlight a few:
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center — “The Brain, Body, and Trauma.”
- Dr. David Lisak — Neurobiology of Trauma
- Dr. Rebecca Campbell — Neurobiology of Sexual Assault (interview)
- Dr. Rebecca Campbell — Seminar on the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) — Police Response to Violence Against Women