Effects of Sexual Abuse on Women Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Effects of Sexual Abuse on Women
An examination of the impact of sexual abuse during childhood on women.
# 144972 | 1,965 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines three studies to identify the lasting effects of childhood sexual abuse on women. The paper details these physical and emotional effects and lists the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The paper also offers definitions of childhood sexual violence provided by respondents in a study. The paper concludes by noting that for women who obtain assistance in the form of counseling and other psychological treatment, there is a chance for healing.

Literature Review
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work of Hughes, et al (1998) entitled: ''The Health Impacts on Adult Women of Childhood Sexual Violence Before the Age of Twelve Years'' reports a research study with the objective of determining the links that may exist between the health impact of childhood sexual violence prior to the age of twelve years of age and chronic ill-health in adult women who had been victims to childhood sexual violence prior to the age of twelve years. Hughes et al (1998) states that in the majority of the cases in this study the child knew the perpetrator very well and in fact, the perpetrator was found to be most often a member of the child's family and in many of the cases in this study ''there was more than one perpetrator.'' (Hughes et al, 1998) There as reported a high degree of injury resulting from the sexual assault and as well a high rate of ''reported physical impacts and emotional impacts from the assaults including significantly high rates of illness across the broad spectrum of indicators, especially significantly high rates of depression and dissociation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Mullen, Paul E. and Fleming, Jillian (1998) Long-term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse. Issues in Child Abuse Prevention. No. 9 Autumn 1998. Online available at: http://www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/issues/issues9/issues9.html
  • Hughes, Karen et al (1998) The Health Impacts on Adult Women of Childhood Sexual Violence Before the Age of Twelve Years. Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse. A Report on Community Research. Online available at: http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/report/report.html
  • Worrell, Judith (nd) Encyclopedia of Women and Gender - Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. Academic Press. Google Books online available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=7SXhBdqejgYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=women+and+childhood+sexual+abuse:+self-esteem,+intimacy,+friendship+in+adulthood&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0#PPP1,M1

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