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Statement from the MPA Board of Directors on Sexual Assault and Trauma
Considering current media reports regarding sexual assault and trauma, the MPA Board of Directors has issued the following statement.
Conservative estimates of sexual assault prevalence suggest that 25 percent of American women have experienced sexual assault, including rape. Approximately one-half of those cases involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, victim, or both. Alcohol contributes to sexual assault through multiple pathways, often exacerbating existing risk factors. Beliefs about alcohol’s effects on sexual and aggressive behavior, stereotypes about drinking women, and alcohol’s effects on cognitive and motor skills contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault.
For victims of sexual assault, the confusion of who is to blame, i.e., “culpability”, is indeed tortuous. Shame and humiliation can follow these women for life and significantly impact the individual’s sense of self-worth. To be sure, given the known statistics, it is likely that many who read this statement have a one degree separation from a victim of sexual assault. These victims are mothers, daughters, sisters, spouses, and friends. They are people we encounter every day.
In the search for the truth, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to apply great deference to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during any interview or examination. She should be treated not as an “accuser” but rather as a victim of an alleged assault. Care should be given to avoid shaming or unnecessary mortification towards Dr. Ford during her testimony and their examination, particularly by unskilled committee members or court personnel. The committee should consider that due to under-reporting of assault, many survivors of sexual assault will be watching and wondering if it is safe to tell their story. Furthermore, we caution that many women and men, will be subject to what is known as "secondary trauma."
We hope that the members of the committee and all of the members of the U.S. Senate will be fully educated and understand the psychological impact on victims of assault prior to their proposed examination of the facts in this case.
Now is the time to show care and compassion and to honor the courage of Dr. Ford and any survivor of sexual assault willing to tell their truth.
MPA Board of Directors' Statement on the Rite Aid Shooting
Once again, there has been another mass shooting in our state. Today’s incident occurred this morning at a Rite Aid distribution site in Aberdeen. News reports indicate at least three fatalities. The MPA Board of Directors would like to express its deepest condolences to everyone impacted by this latest tragedy. We stand ready to help our colleagues in Hartford County as we collectively deal with this senseless shooting. If there are opportunities for MPA members to provide support in the days ahead, we will let you know. In the meantime, we’re providing resources that you can use to help your community in the days and months ahead.
Here are a list of tools and articles on Helping Children Cope With Violence in the Media including:resources for adults
- Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting- APA
- How Are You Coping with the Recent Mass Shootings?- EmpowHer
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MPA's Committment to Justice and Advocacy
The Maryland Psychological Association Board of Directors acknowledges the many colleagues who have been and/or have encountered clients, students, or colleagues who have been profoundly affected by the divisive events of the last several months in this country. The APA Code of Ethics states that we should work to, "minimize harm wherever it is unforeseeable and unavoidable". As psychologists, we not only advocate for the use of psychological science for the creation of policies that promote public good - particularly for those who, due to their identities, are disenfranchised and marginalized - but we do not stand idly by while science is misused or ignored to further marginalize disenfranchised groups. Click here for full statement.