By April Fulton
October 4, 2018
The wrenching testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault years ago, raises
questions about the long-term emotional and physical toll this kind of
trauma takes on survivors and how our society responds to those who come
forward long after the assault.
Emily R. Dworkin, a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of
Medicine in Seattle, studies how the social interactions of trauma survivors
can affect their recovery. She was also the lead author of a paper published
in the journal Clinical Psychology Review in 2017 that analyzed 200 of
100,000 studies conducted in the last 50 years on the relationship between
sexual assault and mental health.