Community and Trauma Counseling Professor On Why Sexual Assault Victims Don’t Step Forward: KYW Newsradio

Astra Czerny, assistant professor of Community and Trauma Counseling, discussed some of the reasons why victims of sexual assault may not step forward, KYW Newsradio reported Sept. 25.

The issue has been in the news in light of the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and this week’s sentencing of Bill Cosby for aggravated indecent assault.

“Mostly victims experience some sort of shame, fear of reprisal, fear of being stigmatized in some way or not believed, and then finally fear of consequences that possibly they might be thrown into the limelight in some way that is negative on them,” Czerny told KYW.

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