The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

According to End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), the most common request the organization receives is currently for training on the effects of trauma on neurobiology and the implications for conducting trauma-informed interviews and investigations. In response, EVAWI has announced that Dr. Rebecca Campbell has agreed to provide critically needed training in this FREE 90-minute webinar.

Course Description

This course is designed for law enforcement personnel and others involved in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault.  Participants will learn about the neurobiology of trauma and its application to victims of sexual assault.  By exploring how trauma affects victims’ emotions and behavior, special attention will be given to examining how the brain processes and recalls traumatic events.  This will help law enforcement personnel and others recognize how these concepts can be applied to sexual assault investigations – with the goal of improving both victim well-being and case success.

Performance Objectives

  • At the conclusion of the training, participants will be prepared to:
  • Describe national data regarding sexual assault reporting and sexual assault case attrition.
  • Identify common reasons why victims withdraw from the criminal justice system process and how this can be reduced.
  • Recognize how sexual assault case attrition is often related to the neurobiology of trauma.
  • Identify neurobiological structures and physiological processes involved in traumatic events.
  • Explain which specific neurobiological structures and physiological processes are involved in sexual assault.
  • Recognize how trauma affects victims’ emotions and behavioral presentations.
  • Explore how trauma affect memory encoding and recall.
  • Discuss how common interviewing techniques, such as REID and SCAN may be inadvisable with victims of trauma.


Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Michigan State University

Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based, participatory research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health. Over her career, she has received external research funding from the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the 2008 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.

Source: EVAWI


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