Rape trauma syndrome in the military courts.
S. A. Young,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
23(4): 563-71, 1995.
The military courts have developed a rich case law tradition in the area of rape trauma syndrome
testimony. These cases are particularly important in the context of a military that is both increasingly
female and increasingly sensitive to mixed gender relationships. This article reviews the military
court's approach to rape trauma testimony over the past 15 years. The author notes that military
courts have been accepting of this testimony within certain well defined limits. The author analyzes
the approach to testimony at one military medical center and offers a testimony model for the
forensic psychiatrist who testifies in a military setting.