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Title: Understanding attrition in sexual assault
Author: Hardy, A.
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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There is a high attrition of rape cases, despite Government attempts to improve rates of conviction (Kelly, Lovett & Regan, 2005). This review will first examine the methodological issues in investigating and current understanding of attrition. It will be suggested that trauma memory may play a role in attrition, given the criminal justice system's emphasis on victims' ability to provide coherent accounts of rape (Office for Criminal Justice Reform, 2006). This proposal will be considered through examination of the processes underlying memory formation, retrieval and PTSD. Related research will be reviewed, indicating that trauma memory is characterised by enhanced spontaneous retrieval and impaired intentional retrieval, thereby impairing victims' ability to recollect rape and potentially contributing to attrition.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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