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This paper unites the perspectives of three unique disciplines – empowerment self- defense (ESD), social work, and neurobiology – relating to the interdependent issues of prevention and treatment of trauma related to sexual violence. The discussion is informed by public health, criminal justice, and social science perspectives on population-level trends in victimization, prevention strategies, survivor experiences, and clinical and adjunctive interventions addressing PTSD. It suggests the relevance of ESD to the field of social work, and recommends future directions for research.
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Neurobiology, sexual trauma, and Empowerment Self-Defense: Research Paper