Thursday, November 25, 2010

"For sexual crime victims, TSA pat-downs can be 're-traumatizing'"

"The TSA's latest efforts to increase airport security include 'enhanced' pat-downs that have been criticized as invasive. Rape counselors advise that victims know their rights to protect themselves."

"As the outcry grows against the new security screenings at US airports, one population may face a special burden at TSA checkpoints: victims of rape or sexual assault who are now confronted with a procedure that they feel explicitly strips them of control over their bodies.

The experience “can be extremely re-traumatizing to someone who has already experienced an invasion of their privacy and their body,” says Amy Menna, a counselor and professor at the University of South Florida who has a decade’s experience researching and treating rape survivors.

Nationwide, an estimated 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, according to a consensus of figures compiled by the Department of Justice, FBI, and Centers for Disease control. About a quarter of a million people each year report a sexual assault.

Dr. Menna recommends that people know their rights so that they can avoid the sense of powerlessness when going through a security check"

Christian Science Monitor - For sexual crime victims, TSA pat-downs can be 're-traumatizing'


1 in 6, and 1 in 33 people have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

And the U.S. government is allowing aggressive groping searches.

Sensitive governance...

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