The Most Vulnerable Moments For A Victim Of Sexual Assault Or Domestic Violence

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The most vulnerable moments for a victim of sexual assault or domestic violence is the day after the traumatic event up until even three months after the assault has taken place. Law enforcement should not interrogate victims of trauma directly following after the experience due to the false reporting of a repressed mind and the possibility of re-victimizing the survivor.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary (2016), the noun interrogation means “To ask someone many questions in a formal situation, often in a forceful way that can be seen as threatening” (Cambridge, 2016, para. 1). The duty of a police officer is to enforce the law at hand in order to retrieve information from the accuser of a traumatic experience. The Cambridge Dictionary (2016), also states that the noun trauma is represented as “severe shock caused by an injury” (Cambridge, 2016, para. 1).
Trauma often can lead to the mind repressing thoughts or memories that were once or could potentially bring harm to the victim. Often the retrieval of information is done so in a forceful manner which places blame and responsibility back onto the victim and can be re-victimizing.
False Reporting and Vulnerability
Researchers, J. Douglas Bremner, Katherine Krause Shobe and John K. Kihlstrom establish in their study of the repressed mind of victims that the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that women of child sexual abuse exhibited poorer memory for words that had been recently studied and increased…

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