Rape trauma syndrome - A review of case law and psychological research

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Abstract

This article analyzes recent case law on the admissibility of rape trauma syndrome evidence. Because many rulings on the admissibility of this evidence have been based on judicial assumptions about human behavior, rather than on scientific evidence, we next describe psychological research relevant to concerns raised about its scientific reliability, helpfulness, and prejudicial impact. Following this review, we evaluate both the expert testimony provided and the judicial decisions in recent cases in light of current research. Finally, we provide suggestions for future psychological research that could 1 inform discussions of the admissiblity of rape trauma syndrome evidence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-311
Number of pages19
JournalLaw and Human Behavior
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1992

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