Child Sexual Abuse: Consequences and Implications

Gail Hornor, RNC, MS, PNP


J Pediatr Health Care. 2010;24(6):358-364. 

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Adult Revictimization

A history of sexual abuse places an individual at increased risk for sexual re-victimization in adolescence and adulthood, especially for women. Fillipas and Ullman (2006) found adult sexual abuse to be almost four times more likely for individuals who suffered sexual abuse as a child. Significantly higher PTSD symptoms have been found in victims who have experienced both child and adult sexual assault. Dubowitz and associates (2001) speculate that the effects of early abuse and the subsequent mental health problems that may develop, including depression and PTSD, place the woman at increased risk for dysfunctional and sexually violent relationships in adulthood.


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