Part 9: Why do we never forget bad things such as rape and sexual assault?

This Part explains why we never seems to forget horrible experiences associated with bad events in our life such as an accident or anything else as bad as Rape, or sexual assault.

Associated with this is the fact that we seem to remember everything that happened in slow motion. It seems to take such a long time, a very long time. In fact events that take a few seconds seems to take hours because we can remember even the smallest details.

When writing this post the author remembered  an accident that happened a very long time ago when the car he was in was hit by another car from behind. This caused his car to turn on its side and slide into a large hole on the side of the road.  It actually took about 20 seconds for this to happen so why did he remember so much detail. He saw objects floating from the floor to the roof of the car and the all of the different noises. The seat belts feeling tight as his body was being forced into different positions and finally he remembered wondering, as did everyone else in the car, as to why some of their shoes had come off their feet.

Rape victims can remember everything too, but we need not discuss any details except to ask:

STOP HERE AND LOOK AT STRESS DISORDERS -THEN COME BACK

Why do we remember so much detail?

Our Body reacts fast with perhaps a little help from our Brain. We have not talked about hormones yet,  but we will mention it now because  in such a situation we get help from our body and our Brain.

Epinephrine (Adrenaline) is normally produced by both the adrenal glands and certain neurons. It plays an important role to protect us in any dangerous situation and depending on whether our Brain decides to fight the danger or run from it we have the power already available with the body increasing our blood flow to muscles, by increasing the output of the heart,. Our pupils dilate and our blood sugar increase for extra energy.

Our Brain, as we have written so much about, is our protector and helper in every situation. the body is generating Adrenaline as fast as it can and at the same time the brain has assessed the situation in microseconds. We do not have to tell our brain how to do this because it just takes over. It shuts down anything that is not needed and focuses on remembering every single microsecond on what is happening.

Why does it do this?

Our Brain recognises that this is a dangerous situation because all of the signals generated by our senses and signal from our neurons from every other parts of our brain tries to match what is happening by remembering past sexual assault that may have been written in a book or has been read in a newspaper or seen on TV. These memories are sent to a very special section of our brain that deals with  emergencies. Amazingly all of this happens in a fraction of a second. It  is ready for any opportunities that may arise to protect you by doing the research and at the same time monitoring your body through your senses and other parts of your mind to update on your thoughts, your fear making sure your heart and lungs are not getting out of control by obtaining updates in real time. Apart from getting you ready to escape from danger it also recording the event to make sure that should it happen again in the future it will be able to help more.

Normally when our brain records information it doesn't remember everything because it knows when it already has this information and doesn't remember where you put your key for example. In this case it is red alert time, you are in danger and it writes it down in a part of the brain where it is locked in for ever. Note: After time parts of these memories of an event are removed. For example Let's say a young man tried to commit suicide because his girlfriend 'dumped' him. After a long time passed he could remember most of his actions but could not remember his girlfriend's  name or even what she looked like because his brain had removed her as a memory that was not needed but keep it kept enough to stop him from ever doing that again .

sexual assaultThe Adult Brain weighs approximately  1350 grams (3 pounds). It contains 100,000,000,000 Neurons and these connect with each  other using 1,000,000,000,000,000 synapses.

We are getting to understand and respect this very tiny organic miracle that weighs less than 2% of our body.

Our body and brain work together to monitor everything when we are in a very dangerous situation. A playback takes a longer time than the event making it seems longer. This is why victims are so traumatised and suffer greatly reliving the event in their minds.

Can we ever forget sexual assault?

We can forget parts of the sexual assault because our brain, over time, removes parts of our memory. It doesn't want to recycle the event for ever because it knows that it causes you problems. It does remember things that are important, just in case a similar event occurs. Some things are forgotten quickly that's why our legal team recommends writing down everything as soon as you can. Like names, what was said, smells etc. you brain records absolutely everything. Our brain's main function is to take care of us and once it knows that you are safe it might decide that some things are not important to keep.

OTHER PARTS

Part 1: Study of the Human Brain

Part Two: A child is born

Part 3: What we put into our body that affects our minds

Part 4: What we put into our minds that effects our Brain

Part 5: How do other people's actions change us

Part 6: Does our Brain Sleep?

Part 7: How important is our body condition to our brain health

Part 8: Why do we sometimes forget simple things : Lost keys

 This is Part 9

Part 10: What are hormones and what do they do?

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