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Sexual Assault: The Burden of Proof for Survivors

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Sexual assault is a global concern impacting individuals of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses. The violation of sexual assault can adversely affect an individual's physical, mental, economic, and social well-being. This literature review examined 25 articles to provide a scope of the current affairs on sexual assault as a pattern of intimate partner violence in the United States. This review explores vulnerable populations, gaslighting tactics, rape myths, and how disbelief reduces survivor reporting and increases trauma, including PTSD. Sexual abuse in intimate relationships is examined from a woman's viewpoint; however, gender-neutral language is used throughout. The review considered women's perspectives because of the high rates of violence committed by men against women. A multi-disciplinary approach that includes medical, mental health, law enforcement support, and advocacy lessens secondary victimization and empowers survivors attempting to resolve their case within the criminal justice system.

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Dr. Eman Tadros
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Antonia Guajardo
Undergraduate Student, College of Education

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Sexual Assault: The Burden of Proof for Survivors

Sexual assault is a global concern impacting individuals of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses. The violation of sexual assault can adversely affect an individual's physical, mental, economic, and social well-being. This literature review examined 25 articles to provide a scope of the current affairs on sexual assault as a pattern of intimate partner violence in the United States. This review explores vulnerable populations, gaslighting tactics, rape myths, and how disbelief reduces survivor reporting and increases trauma, including PTSD. Sexual abuse in intimate relationships is examined from a woman's viewpoint; however, gender-neutral language is used throughout. The review considered women's perspectives because of the high rates of violence committed by men against women. A multi-disciplinary approach that includes medical, mental health, law enforcement support, and advocacy lessens secondary victimization and empowers survivors attempting to resolve their case within the criminal justice system.

Presenters:
Dr. Eman Tadros
Assistant Professor, College of Education
Antonia Guajardo
Undergraduate Student, College of Education