Does This Mean I Liked It?: Victim Arousal in Sexualized Violence
A. Pari (Palmdale US)
Arousal during child sexual abuse or assault is possibly the most devastating aspect for the survivor. It is rarely discussed in the literature and often not addressed clinically at all. It leads to lower levels of reporting and treatment than already exist for sexual abuse survivors due to prevailing myths of what it means to orgasm during molestation and abuse.
Children and teens experiencing arousal/orgasm during sexual abuse/assault raises many treatment implications. Symptom sequelae involving dissociation, guilt, shame, behavioral and sexual acting out, cultural views of the phenomenon, partner rejection, and self-injury increase as barriers to healing.
The presenter will address the myths and prejudice towards these victims, discuss the neuro-biology that drives arousal during sexual violence, and provide psychotherapists and forensic professionals with interview and treatment tools to address the trauma of arousal. New data demonstrating arousal in sexual violence and the trauma it causes will be reviewed.
"It is an amazing topic, a bold detail that I’ve never seen mentioned before.” -forensics conference attendee.
Objective 1: Participants will recognize the biological and psychological underpinnings of sexual arousal and response during rape/sexual assault.
Objective 2: Participants will identify three common myths to better support victims through the treatment and the legal system.
Objective 3: Participants will be able to differentiate inhibited and disinhibited behaviors in sexual assault survivors.
Objective 4: Participants will identify three specific interview techniques they can use to enhance supportive client admission of sexual arousal that occurred during abuse/assault.