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Transcript of Rape
Rape Trauma Syndrome
The Acute phase
-Last a few days to a few weeks after attack(s), Respond to the fear of death.Two styles, expressive and controlled. Expressive- Openly display emotions, may cry, shout, swear laugh. Controlled- control emotion, focus on keeping composure.
The Reorganization phase
- last a few weeks to years. Over laps acute phase. Victims recognize themselves after the attack, learn to cope again.
(Post Traumatic Stress disorder)
Experienced extreme stress or prolonged exposure to stress
Depression, sleep disturbances , flashbacks and erratic mood swings
It happens every where and so many people have had it happen to them. It can happen any where and any time, some die from it, others have to live with it. The next victim could be you.
The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration be a sex organ of another person, with out the consent of the victim.
"I was walking by myself when it happened. I wasn't dressed in anything revealing, I was just in regular pants and a shirt. It was my worst nightmare.
Path to Healing
By Juniette Fifield
& Lilia DeAngelis
When You Are Alone
Try to appear strong, confident and aware
Keep your cell phone with you at all time, make sure its charged
Avoid being isolated with people you don't know and don't trust
In Social Situations
Go with a group of friends or keep in contact with someone you know while you are at the party.
Don't accept drinks from anybody and keep your drinks near you at all times
Don't leave any place with someone you don't know or don't trust
When You're Being Pressured
Be aware of your surrounding area
Have a code word with someone
Make up an excuse as to why you need to leave
Rape doesn't just affect that victim, it also affects the friends and family of the victim. The path for healing is different for every one that was touched by the crime.
Ways You Can Help Someone Who Has Been Raped
Believe the person
Never underestimate their pain
Show them affection, but respect that the survivor may not like physical contact
Encourage them to talk, but
don't force it
How does our topic connect to Life Management Skills class?
Our topic connects to Life Management Skills because rape can cause transmitted diseases and it affects the physical, social and mental pyramid of the victim.
How does our topic affect the the health of teens?
Our topic can affect the teen health because it can happen to any one at any age, any where and by any one. It can also unstable the mind of the victim.
Why did we pick this topic?
We picked this topic for two reasons. First, rape is a major role in today society. Secondly, we both of people who have been rape.
What Information was most interesting or surprising to us?
Personality- What coping mechanisims do they posses?
Support system- Strong support, treated with empathy
Existing Life problems- Problems with a substance or alcohol,Break up divorce, Prior mental/physical issues
Prior Sexual Victimization- assaulted previously, recovery will be much more difficult
Emotional Concerns-May fall into any four groups
Social Concerns- increased distrust, short temper, strong need to get away
Sexual Concerns-sexual assault from consensual sex, partners reaction.
Physical Concerns -nightmares, experience pains
Psychological concerns- Denial of effects,Depression, guilt, and a general loss of self-esteem, extreme manifestations of anxiety
A California judge said, "If someone doesn't want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn't necessarily willing, she didn't put up a fight. And to treat this case like the rape cases that we all hear about is an insult to victims of rape. I think it's an insult. I think it trivializes a rape."
The assumption that women are responsible for engaging in risky behavior that can lead to becoming victims of rape or sexual assault underlies much of the questions.
The result of rape has become normalized, almost as if it's a consequence of being young and sexually in our society today.
The most interesting information to us is that the rapist actually have the courage to blame the victim and that some people who aren't the rapist blame the victim too.
The women who report being sexually assaulted mostly find themselves victimized again by a criminal injustice system where they are treated like they're responsible.
Men and women are taught that women should be sexually available. They are also taught that the value of a woman is measured by the sexual attractiveness of her.