Introduction

2016 NSAPS Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault

2016 NSAPS Panel 1 – Immediate Aftermath of Sexual Assault

Overview

The National Institute of Justice, through its Forensic Technology Center of Excellence hosted "Looking Ahead: The National Sexual Assault Policy Symposium" on September 8-9, 2016, in Washington D.C.

This panel provided an overview of how a traumatic event like sexual assault greatly affects how a victim processes the trauma and why victims may have varied reactions to an assault. Panelists discussed the neurobiology of trauma as it relates to sexual assault victims, reasons why victims may or may not contact the authorities or have evidence collected, the potential for re-victimization, and the need for comprehensive and trauma-informed responses. The symposium focused on how the nation is moving forward and finding solutions to the complex issues that arise in sexual assault cases and in testing sexual assault evidence. This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the live event in order to capture the one-on-one interaction with the presenter.

Presenters

  • Natasha S. Alexenko | Survivor and Founder of Natasha’s Project
  • Jenifer Markowitz | SA Nurse Examiner and Forensic Nursing Consultant
  • Rebecca Campbell, PhD | Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Funding for this Forensic Technology Center of Excellence webinar has been provided by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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