More Than 150 Women Described Sexual Abuse By Lawrence Nassar. Will Their Testimony Help Them Heal?

More Than 150 Women Described Sexual Abuse By Lawrence Nassar. Will Their Testimony Help Them Heal?

“The assumption that telling the story will automatically be healing is optimistic,” said Nadine Wathen, a researcher at the University of Western Ontario’s Center for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. “All women have different experiences of abuse — all people dealing with trauma do.” In a 2009 study, a research team including Dr. Wathen tested the impact of giving women who visit emergency rooms and other health clinics a domestic violence questionnaire — a brief, confidential checklist. Providers got the results of the questionnaire before seeing the women, and advised them based on the added information;...

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