- 50% to 70% of women hospitalized for psychiatric reasons have experienced physical or sexual abuse. (Briere and Runtz, 1990)
- Adult survivors of physical or sexual abuse are more likely to report depression and to have been hospitalized for depression than are other types of victims or nonvictims. (Council on Scientific Affairs, AMA, 1992)
- Physical and sexual abuse raises the risk for severe health problems. Younger girls who are physically or sexually abused often run away from home, drop out of school, engage in early sexual activity, and risk early pregnancy, HIV infection and homelessness. (Reed, 1991)
- Especially prominent for sexual abuse survivors are post-traumatic stress disorder-related flashbacks – sudden, intrusive sensory memories, often including visual, auditory, olfactory, and/or tactile sensation reminiscent of the sexual assault. (Briere and Runtz, 1993)
— Information Courtesy of Power2u.org
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