Post-Sexual Assault Mental Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Video-Based Intervention

Amanda K. Gilmore, Kate Walsh, Patricia Frazier, Liza Meredith, Linda Ledray, Joanne Davis, Ron Acierno, Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Dean G. Kilpatrick, Anna E. Jaffe, Heidi S. Resnick

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The current study assessed the efficacy of a brief video intervention (Prevention of Post-Rape Stress [PPRS]) delivered in the emergency department to recent sexual assault (SA) victims. PPRS was compared to treatment as usual (TAU) and an active control condition (Pleasant Imagery and Relaxation Instruction [PIRI]). Primary outcomes were posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and perceived present control. Prior SA was examined as a moderator of treatment effects. Women (n = 233; aged 15 years and older; 59.70% identified as a racial or ethnic minority) who received a post-SA medical forensic exam participated in the study (NCT01430624). Participants were randomized to watch the PPRS video (n = 77), the PIRI video (n = 77), or receive TAU (n = 79). Participants completed measures of PTSD symptoms and perceived present control 1.5-, 3-, and 6-months post-SA. An interaction between condition and prior SA was found on PTSD symptom frequency and on perceived present control. Among women with a prior SA, women in the PPRS versus TAU condition reported less frequent PTSD symptoms 6-months post-SA. Those in the PPRS condition had lower perceived present control than those in the TAU condition among those with no prior SA 3-months post-SA. However, at 6-months post-SA, among women with a prior SA, women in the PPRS reported higher perceived present control than those in TAU. These findings partially replicate a prior study in which PPRS was found to be beneficial in mitigating the development of PTSD symptoms, but only for women with a prior SA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019



  • clinical trials
  • computer/Internet technology
  • PTSD
  • secondary prevention
  • sexual assault

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  • Journal Article

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Gilmore, A. K., Walsh, K., Frazier, P., Meredith, L., Ledray, L., Davis, J., Acierno, R., Ruggiero, K. J., Kilpatrick, D. G., Jaffe, A. E., & Resnick, H. S. (Accepted/In press). Post-Sexual Assault Mental Health: A Randomized Clinical Trial of a Video-Based Intervention. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.