UrpleSquirrel (urplesquirrel) wrote in little_details,

Kidnapping and trauma

(Modern Day America)

I have searched google and wikipedia with various combinations of kidnapping, police protocol, post traumatic stress disorder, therapy, and sexual abuse and haven't found what I was looking for.

One is a minor detail, but I want to get it right.

In my current project, the main character (fifteen year old male, but much more mature than the average boy) is kidnapped. After about five weeks, during which he was sexually abused on a regular basis, he is found by the police and returned home. He's kind of banged up, but nothing very serious (bruises and scratches, but no broken bones or serious wounds), so would he be taken to a hospital by the police, or would his family do that when he was returned? How long would it take for him to be allowed to go home?

Second is the major punch of my story, and it's important I get it right.

My main character's twin brother, after hearing what happened to him, believes that it might help him to feel like he can fight back, so he starts deliberately doing things to set him off. He grabs his wrist, or invades his personal space, and when the MC starts freaking out, the brother lets him punch or kick him a few times until he calms down.

From what I've looked for, this would obviously have negative long term affects, but what would they be in the short term? Would it do him any good, or at least look like it is? The brother isn't stupid, and if it's obviously hurting my MC rather than helping, he would stop doing it (And I'd need to seriously re-work my plot, but that's neither here nor there).

Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc), ~sexual abuse & assault

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