Link – The Brain Under (Sexual) Attack

This is about sexual assault, but it’s the same kind of thing we see with child abuse survivors too:

Can’t we just believe survivors, or at least conduct really good investigations, without knowing about the neurobiology of stress and trauma? In theory, maybe, but often the ways people report reacting to assaults can be baffling, even totally opposite of what we’d expect, and their memories can sound confused or unbelievable. Once we understand how the brain works when it’s under attack, those behaviors and memories make much more sense.

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