Rape PTSD Equal to Effects of War - ICTMN.com
For many women, rape is a crime where the after-effects of PTSD, even years later, can be as bad as the assault itself. Experts agree that suicide can result from rape related PTSD, just as it can cause suicide thoughts and actions immediately after sexual assault.
In a report entitled The Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, based on the research by Melissa Farley, Nicole Matthews, Sarah Deer, Guadalupe Lopez, Christine Stark and Eileen Hudon, the result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from rape is the same as occurs in war. The effects can intensify if a woman does not report the rape and in most cases, women don’t.
Data collected by The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) shows that out of every 100 rapes, only 32 are reported, only 7 lead to an arrest and only 2 are prosecuted. That means 98 rapists out of 100 walk away. “When women don’t report, which is the majority, it is because it is such a traumatic event. I used to be a prosecutor for the tribe on sexual assault and domestic violence, and the most difficult part is trying to explain to somebody what happened to you,” Janet Routzen, executive director of the White Buffalo Calf Society said. The WBCS is one of only 30 shelters for women across all reservations, and provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.