Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS)-- is the psychological trauma experienced by a rape victim that includes disruptions to normal physical, emotional, cognitive, and interpersonal behavior. The theory was first described by psychiatrist Ann Wolbert Burgess and sociologist Lynda Lytle Holmstrom in 1974. RTS is a cluster of psychological and physical signs, symptoms and reactions common to most rape victims immediately following and for months or years after a rape.
"Similar to murder, rape is a reprehensible crime, that leaves a body defiled. But rape victims are not like murder victims; they live relive the event. Worse yet, rape victims can never leave the scene of the crime.