Michael Donohue, Another Door Closed: Rape Trauma Syndrome, 23 Gonz. L. Rev. 1 (1987)
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Rape trauma syndrome (RTS), the post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experienced by rape victims, encompasses the emotional, behavioral, and psychological reactions common to sexual assault victims. Courts in many states have considered whether, or under what circumstances, the trial judge presiding at a criminal prosecution should admit expert testimony of rape trauma syndrome into evidence.