Rape and Memory

Please take a moment and read this article from NPR by Sammy Caiola. I think it does a good job of explaining how the brain has a sympathetic response when met with a threat or crisis. It is important when someone goes through a traumatic event, that people around them understand the impact on the mind and body.

“When confronted with a crisis, the brain often activates its “fight, flight or freeze” response. In these scenarios, the brain’s “defense circuitry” takes over, explains Jim Hopper, the Harvard psychologist. The prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for logical decision making, is no longer in control, and instead the areas of the brain responsible for scanning for danger take charge.”

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How Rape Affects Memory And The Brain, And Why More Police Need To Know About This