90 Minute Workshop

'Secretly I Must Have Wanted It': Sexual Arousal in Rape & Molestation

Saturday, March 24
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Kimball

Arousal during sexual assault is possibly the most devastating aspect for the survivor.  It is rarely discussed in the literature and often not addressed clinically at all.  It leads to lower levels of reporting than already exist for rape survivors due to prevailing myths of what it means to orgasm in an assault.

Survivors experiencing arousal/orgasm during sexual abuse/assault raises many treatment implications.  Symptom sequelae involving dissociation, guilt, shame, cultural views of this phenomenon, partner rejection, and self-injury increase as barriers to healing.

The presenter will address the myths and prejudice towards these victims, discuss the neuro-biology that drives arousal during sexual violence, and provide psychotherapists with treatment tools to address the trauma of arousal.  New data demonstrating arousal in sexual violence and the trauma it causes will be reviewed.  “It is an amazing topic, a bold detail that I’ve never seen mentioned before.”

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Andrew G. Pari

Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC
Palmdale, California

Andrew Pari, LCSW, Diplomate, is the “nation’s leading authority” on the neuro-biological arousal response mechanism (ARM) in sexualized violence. Founder and Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC, he is a psychotherapist with over 20 years’ experience treating survivors. He consults and trains forensics and mental health professionals nationally, provides expert testimony, and has assisted in curriculum development for SARS and campus sexual assault awareness programs. He is one of the NASW’s “1000 Experts,” selected to respond to media inquiries/interviews on trauma, sexual violence, and disaster response. He served on a national policy task force for sex work and commercialized sex trade. He directed the psychiatric emergency response team for West Los Angeles, responding to anything from celebrity interventions to airline crashes.
Mr. Pari has hosted the largest ever public discussions on topics related to sexual abuse and rape. He is a moderator for forums on rape and recovery. He is a sought after speaker at international conferences on sexual trauma, including the National Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW), and End Violence Against Women (EVAWI).
His personal interests include acting, directing and performing improvisational comedy, an area where he also provides self-care training to fellow clinicians to assist them in thinking on their feet and extending their Gestalt and therapeutic drama skill. He is the recipient of a Los Angeles regional theatre award for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and devoted Hamilton fan. (Ask him to shoot off a round of “My Shot”)
He received his Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1992, and currently practices, trains, and consults as Director of Sexual Assault Awareness, LLC.


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