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Lisa Elwood interviewed for Fox59 story about sexual assault victims

Lisa Elwood

Fox 59 interviewed Lisa Elwood, assistant professor of psychology, about why sexual assault victims don’t always come forward immediately.


“Our society, while very well intentioned, has an innocent until proven guilty mentality and what that does is it really puts a lot of burden on the victims to prove their experience,” University of Indianapolis associate professor of psychology Lisa Elwood said.

Elwood adds that the very experience of a sexual assault can leave survivors with a form of PTSD, which can result in difficulty remembering the trauma, a desire to avoid talking about it, and self-blame.

“And so these things that are part of the reaction to the trauma are used against the victims as reasons to doubt,” Elwood said.