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Societal Rape Myths & Traumatic Reactions

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The reporting of sexual offences continues to increase, with more victims speaking out about their experiences. Their recovery is in part predicated on the responses they get – from families, the police and their therapist.  Yet research shows that societal acceptance of rape myths remains high – even with therapists who work exclusively within this arena.

This workshop explores the most common rape myths, looking at how they are formed, how they can impact views on sexual violence and, in particular, how they impact victims.

We will examine the following specific myths:

  • The prevalence of stranger rape
  • Rape is a crime of passion
  • Only gay men rape/get raped
  • A victim is responsible for being raped if they drink too much, takes drugs, or behave or dress provocatively
  • A victim will report rape immediately
  • A victim will scream, or fight back
  • A victim will get injuries.

We will also look at rape trauma, seeing how the brain responds to perceived threat and the survival techniques victims tend to use.

Participants will be encouraged to explore their own beliefs about sexual offending and how these may impact the therapist client relationship. We will also consider how these myths play out in the media and the court room as well as in the therapy room.

Location Leeds
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 18 Oct 2019
Start time 9:30am
Venue Address Crowne Plaza Leeds, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL
Description BACP Members: £95
Amount £190
Organiser BACP
Speaker Sally French
Contact No. 01455 883300
Keywords Psychological, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions Yorkshire and the Humber