Understanding trauma in Sex and War

September 22, 2016

The impact of sexual violence on victims is so severe that it has been compared by many professionals to the impact of war on combatants and civilian victims.  What can the comparison between sexual and combat trauma teach us about the nature of trauma, and what does it suggest about possible treatments?  Studying post-traumatic stress across civilian and military behavioral health contexts may provide new hope for those whose lives have been permanently marked by traumatic events.

In partnership with University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL), Dr. Dan Gottlieb and a panel of experts will examine the impact of trauma in both contexts.  What do different types of trauma have in common?  How are they different and what treatments are effective in each case?  What are the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress and how can educational and military institutions work to prevent it?  Finally, when should sufferers of post-traumatic stress seek help and where should they seek it?

This event will be recorded for future broadcast on WHYY-FM.