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Connect Centre Seminar - Processing the unthinkable

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University of Central Lancashire

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Processing the unthinkable: understanding the experiences of Police officers and civilian staff who work with sexual offence material

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Connect Centre Research Seminar Series 2019 / 2020

Ruth Parkes- UCLan Lecturer

Processing the unthinkable: understanding the experiences of Police officers and civilian staff who work with sexual offence material

Increased reporting of sexual offences and the proliferation of internet-based offending means that Police officers and civilian staff are faced with large amounts of evidence relating to sexual trauma. Material includes still or moving images of child sexual abuse, verbal accounts of offences from victims and suspects, and written online communication between perpetrators. Dedicated Police professionals see, hear, and read about the worst of human behaviour and suffering on a daily basis. How do they cope with this level of trauma exposure? Is there an impact on their thoughts, feelings, behaviour and close relationships? How can they be supported to avoid long-term psychological harm? These questions and more are being addressed in a wide-ranging research project which UCLan is undertaking with the co-operation of three UK Police constabularies. This seminar aims to illustrate some of the key findings of this project, using the voices of the officers themselves to illuminate the lived experience of Policing sexual offences.

Please note: this seminar will contain reference to potentially distressing subjects including sexual harm and manifestations of traumatic stress disorders.

Seminar is free. All welcome. Refreshments provided.

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