Tonic immobility during sexual assault a common reaction predicting post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression

Anna Möller, Hans Peter Söndergaard, Lotti Helström June

Active resistance is considered to be the 'normal' reaction during rape. However, studies have indicated that similar to animals, humans exposed to extreme threat may react with a state of involuntary, temporary motor inhibition known as tonic immobility. The aim of the present study was to assess the occurrence of tonic immobility during rape and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression.

Key wordsimpunity / mental health / sexual violence / Violence Against Women

CountriesGlobal / Sweden