From Scientific American, who knows a damnsite more about this topic that Greer, despite the fact that she didn’t find her own rape particularly traumatizing. Happy for her, but that doesn’t mean she gets to speak for others.

“Sexual Assault May Trigger Involuntary Paralysis”

“Tonic immobility” hinders the ability to fight and is linked to high rates of depression and PTSD.

“Tonic immobility during rape is a common reaction associated with subsequent post‐traumatic stress disorder and severe depression. Knowledge of this reaction in sexual assault victims is important in legal matters and for healthcare follow up.”

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