77) Some states have allowed expert testimony to rehabilitate the victim when the testimony shows that the victim's behavior is consistent with rape-trauma syndrome.
McCoy, (90) the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals noted that expert testimony regarding symptoms consistent with rape-trauma syndrome is relevant and admissible, especially when the defense has attacked the victim's credibility and the prosecution is attempting to rehabilitate the victim.
95) The court found that an "expert may testify that the alleged victim exhibits behavior consistent with rape-trauma syndrome, but the expert may not give an opinion, expressly or implicitly, as to whether or not the alleged victim was raped.
Courts generally allow evidence of rape-trauma syndrome if it explains how a victim's behavior that seems inconsistent with a claim of rape is actually consistent with the claim.
Kinney (111) expert testimony as to rape-trauma syndrome and "the behavioral patterns of victims of sexual assault" (112) was admissible to explain counterintuitive victim behavior.
118) Although the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Supreme Court of Arizona seemed to place limitations on what the evidence would be admissible to prove, the Supreme Court of Kansas broadly allowed expert testimony of rape-trauma syndrome.
124) The expert examined the victim two weeks after the rape and testified that she was suffering from rape-trauma syndrome.