This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License, which permits for noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any digital medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not altered in any way. Sexual assault occurs with alarming frequency in Canada. The prevalence of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PTSD in assault survivors is drastically higher than the national prevalence of the disorder, which is a strong indication that the current therapies for sexual-assault-related PTSD are in need of improvement.
Childhood sexual trauma is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder PTSDdepression, suicide, alcohol problems, and eating disorders. Survivors may also experience low sexual interest and relationship difficulties and engage in high-risk sexual behaviors and extreme coping strategies. In the most severe cases, women may experience symptoms of a personality disorder, including one that is distinguished by enduring patterns of instability and impulsivity i.
Many obstetrician-gynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse. Depression, anxiety, and anger are the most commonly reported emotional responses to childhood sexual abuse. Gynecologic problems, including chronic pelvic pain, dyspareunia, vaginismus, nonspecific vaginitis, and gastrointestinal disorders are common diagnoses among survivors.
Language: English Spanish Chinese. Background : Sexual abuse victims often experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder PTSDincluding sleep disturbances. Objective : To investigate whether or not characteristics of sexual abuse are associated with sleep disturbance, and to explore whether correlates of sleep disturbance are distinguishable from those of PTSD symptom severity. Method : Forty-four adult sexual abuse victims seeking treatment for PTSD and sleep disturbances completed validated self-report questionnaires assessing sleep, nightmares, and PTSD symptoms.
Our experiences in childhood play a big part in shaping our health and well-being throughout our lives. Sexual abuse in childhood can leave scars that can last for a long time. But many cases are never reported.
The unraveling of Rolling Stone 's recent blockbuster feature on campus sexual assault has led to a great deal of hand-wringing over the way the media covers these crimes. The magazine's story centers around "Jackie," who described being subject to a horrific gang rape while a freshman at the University of Virginia. Independent reporting found fault in Rolling Stone's coverage, primarily surrounding some discrepancies between Jackie's account in the magazine and the memories of those who had been around her at the time of the attack.
Verified by Psychology Today. Somatic Psychology. Sexual abuse is a particularly sinister type of trauma because of the shame it instills in the victim.
The consequences of sexual assault are complex and difficult to document. Victim studies reveal the difficulties experienced by people who have been sexually assaulted compared to their non-assaulted counterparts. However, most of these studies do not allow these difficulties to be attributed to the sexual assault alone.
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