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The following statement was released by the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychologists in the United States.

As faculty of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, we believe that the statistics and research findings cited in the statement can help us to better understand the nature of traumatic memories associated with experiencing sexual assault and to better appreciate why children and adults may delay reporting or never report these experiences. We share this statement from APA to encourage informed understanding and compassion at a time of polarized and divisive public discourse.

Statement of APA President Regarding the Science Behind Why Women May Not Report Sexual Assault

The University offers a variety of options of services for sexual assault survivors and Counseling and Psychological Services are available to provide confidential emotional support. If you are in need of support, please visit Campus Health Services. Additional information can be found online at Sexual Assault Prevention Initiatives & Resources for Survivors and Safe @ UNC.

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