There is not yet an established model for studying the consequences of sexual aggression on brain function in females, but Shors says, “with new approaches and attention to this issue, we can find out how the female brain responds to aggression and how to help women learn to recover from sexual violence.”
Wow. Definitely need more studies like this. I know this is anecdotal but I know a person who suffered from severe childhood sexual assault, has two children, and her mothering abilities are non-existent. She has been declared legally unfit to care for her children. Of course common sense would lead one to consider that there may be a connection between the sexual abuse and the inability — but I have never seen any science like this to provide evidence. The rat study is deeply disturbing, because it points to real evidence that sexual abuse is a real destructive cancer that people cannot easily recover from.