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NCJ Number: 99525 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Trauma Syndrome as Circumstantial Evidence of Rape
Journal: Journal of Psychiatry and Law  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1983)  Pages:203-213
Author(s): B A Raum
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: One of the most perplexing problems in the prosecution of a rape case is the corroboration of the rape victim's testimony when the defendant and the victim have just met casually and the rape itself was not forcible.
Abstract: The defendant usually admits the intercourse but defends by saying that the victim consented to a casual act of sex. Juries are understandably reluctant to convict under such circumstances without some corroboration of the rape, i.e., the lack of consent. The recent recognition of the rape trauma syndrome as a diagnostic condition not only may be a therapeutic breakthrough, but also may provide the necessary corroboration. The rape trauma syndrome identifies and isolates symptoms of a sudden traumatic incident such as a rape. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Circumstantial evidence; Psychological victimization effects; Rape; Sexual assault trauma
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