Mental Health Articles: Rape Trauma Syndrome
Sexual assault is a crime problem that is increasing in North America. Offenders leave behind women troubled by a range of trauma symptoms, including somatic complaints, sleep disturbance and nightmares, fear, suspiciousness, anxiety, major depression and impairment in social functioning. Some women express their feelings, other women try to control their expression. Far too often, rape victims are further victimized by the society and the justice system. If left unresolved and untreated, the acute trauma may develop into a condition similar to posttraumatic stress disorder.