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Student Assault Resource Center Counselor Testifies at Jordan Johnson Rape Trial in Missoula

Drew Colling
photo by Peter Christian

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2013 the Jordan Johnson rape trial wrapped up with testimony from Drew Colling, a licensed clinical counselor at the Student Assault Resource Center on the campus of The University of Montana.

Colling testified under direct examination from Assistant Attorney General Joel Thompson that she had diagnosed the alleged victim with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), due to the symptoms she displayed over several months, and even up to a year.

Colling said the woman who has accused Johnson of rape showed symptoms of anxiety, depression, withdrawal from family and friends, and told Colling she thought about the alleged rape ‘all the time.’ The woman told Colling she even doubted whether or not she wanted to have children of her own after the alleged incident.

Under cross-examination by defense attorney David Paoli, Colling admitted that she had only experienced five diagnoses of PTSD, and that she was not specifically trained in treating sexual assault cases. Colling also admitted she did not know how much, if any, alcohol the accuser drank the night before the alleged incident. Colling also noted that the only information she had to work with about the woman was self-reported.

Testimony resumes today in Missoula District Court.

 

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