The research revealed that victims experience disbelief, stigmatisation and blame. This continues to exacerbate victims’ impacts on mental health and result in self-blame for having become a victim of sexual assault. In response, a number of prevention programs are offered, including for students enrolled at Curtin University in the sexology postgraduate program. The Unit “Introduction into Forensic Sexology” not only examines sexual violence from a victim and perpetrator perspective, but also focuses on increasing students’ knowledge, changing attitudes with challenging rape myths, and discusses rape-supportive community attitudes. In addition, along with empirical evidence, students are taught rape resistance strategies.
The 13th Asia-Oceania Federation of Sexology Conference,
21st Century Sexuality - Podium to Practice
Recorded in Brisbane, Australia on 23-25 October 2014
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