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    Sexual Abuse Survivors Have Increase of Psychiatric Disorders

    ScienceDaily (July 12, 2010) — New research finds that a history of sexual abuse, regardless of the victim’s gender or age when the abuse occurred, correlates strongly with a lifetime diagnosis of multiple psychiatric disorders. In the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, researchers report that a history of sexual abuse is associated with suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and eating and sleep disorders. Additionally, associations between sexual abuse and depression, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder were strengthened by a history of rape.

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    SAAM

    Published on RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (http://www.rainn.org) Breakdown by Gender and Age Women

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    Everything You Need to Know About Domestic Violence But Were Afraid to Ask

    By Linda G. Mills Created Sep 4 2009 – 12:54pm These days, everything we thought we were doing right about domestic violence seems wrong. Rihanna goes back to Chris Brown after he beats her up. A “Real Housewife” is arrested for hitting her boyfriend. A woman commits animal abuse on her boyfriend’s dog. As feminists, we have been taught to defend women, regardless of what they do, to be understanding of the reasons they act the way they do, and to get women help when they need it. We are taught to judge the men who hurt them harshly. Indeed, to shun them. We are also quick to reject those…

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    Domestic Violence and Abuse

    Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars. Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.

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    Men Sexually Abused In Childhood Ten Times More Likely To Contemplate Suicide

     Men Who Were Sexually Abused As Children Were More Likely To Have Suicidal Tendencies ScienceDaily  — Sexual abuse in childhood increases the risk of suicide in men by up to ten times, say researchers from the University of Bath. A recent study of Australian men has found that those who were sexually abused as children are more likely than women to contemplate taking their own lives. Whilst gender and mental health problems are the most important risk factors for contemplating suicide, it is increasingly acknowledged that traumatic experiences such as childhood sexual abuse may be a significant risk factor.

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    We May Put A Stop To Domestic Violence If Physicians Would Start Screening

    We May Put A Stop To Domestic Violence If Physicians Would Start Screening Some physicians see domestic violence primarily as a criminal justice issue, and take umbrage at being expected to delve into a difficult, messy topic when they already have to screen for many other conditions and diagnose complicated diseases in the span of an ever-shorter visit. In a recent nationwide study of nearly 5,000 women, only 7 percent said a health professional had ever asked them about domestic or family violence. When surveyed, doctors often respond that they don’t ask such questions because of a lack of time, training and easy access to services that help these patients.