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The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault - (March 24, 2014)  New Date Thursday, May 1st

2:00-3:30 PM (EST)

LEARNING GOAL: Law enforcement personnel will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and its application to victims of sexual assault.  Participants will learn how trauma affects victims’ emotions and behavioral presentations.  Special attention will be given to examining how the brain processes and recalls traumatic events.  Law enforcement personnel will learn how to apply these concepts to sexual assault investigations.

Performance objectives:

  • Participants will become familiar with national data regarding sexual assault reporting and sexual assault case attrition
  • Participants will understand common reasons why victims withdraw from the criminal justice system process and how this can be prevented
  • Participants will understand how sexual assault case attrition is related to the neurobiology of trauma
  • Participants will become familiar with neurobiological structures and physiological processes involved in traumatic events
  • Participants will learn which specific neurobiological structures and physiological processes are involved in sexual assault
  •  Participants will learn how trauma affects victims’ emotions and behavioral presentations
  •  Participants will learn how trauma affect memory encoding and recall
  • Participants will learn how common interviewing techniques, such as REID may be inadvisable with victims of trauma