Trauma and Sexual Violence
Advances in neuroscience have enabled a greater understanding of the neurobiology of trauma, including impacts on the brain, body and self. Working effectively with victims of sexual violence requires an understanding about the key brain circuitries affected by fear and trauma. It is now more fully understood that memories associated with a traumatic experience are encoded differently than the way normal memories are encoded. This has several implications on people’s behaviours during and after the assault. Come learn more about how the fear circuitry works during dangerous situations and the effects of trauma on memory.