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Sexual Assault And Harassment Can Take A Toll On Women's Health: Study

The Me Too Movement officially started in 2007 and was created as a way to publicly demonstrate the widespread problems of sexual harassment and assault in the United States.

Sexual Assault And Harassment Can Take A Toll On Women

Sexual harassment was associated with higher blood pressure

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. The #MeToo Movement officially started in 2007
  2. Sexual harassment and assault are highly prevalent today
  3. Sexual harassment was even associated with high blood pressure

A new study has shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault and negative implications for women's mental and physical health. The Me Too Movement, in addition to raising awareness, has provided people with a voice to speak out when they've been wronged, harassed, or assaulted. The study shows that not only are sexual harassment and assault highly prevalent today, but they may also have negative health consequences.

The Me Too Movement officially started in 2007 and was created as a way to publicly demonstrate the widespread problems of sexual harassment and assault in the United States. The movement gained momentum in 2017, largely as a result of the highly-publicized Hollywood scandals and has remained strong throughout 2018, forcing a number of accused, high-profile individuals to be fired or resign from their positions.

While these repercussions have been largely positive, they fail to address the long-term consequences the victim suffered. In this new study involving more than 300 women, researchers sought to identify the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault, as well as their long-term impact on women's health.

Of the study participants, 19% reported workplace sexual harassment, 22% reported a history of sexual assault, and 10% experienced both exposures. Of note was the fact that women with a history of sexual harassment were more likely to be college educated, and yet have greater financial strain.

Looking at potential health consequences, the study found that sexual harassment was associated with higher blood pressure and a greater likelihood of hypertension, greater triglycerides, and clinically poorer sleep quality.

Sexual assault was associated with levels of depressive symptoms, anxiety, and sleep quality in the ranges consistent with clinical disorders

Lead author of the study Dr. Rebecca Thurston said, "It is widely understood that sexual harassment and assault can impact women's lives and how they function, but this study also evaluates the implications of these experiences for women's health."

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Sexual assault was associated with levels of depressive symptoms
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The results of this study should remind health care providers of the need to ask questions and fully understand their patients' histories when diagnosing and prescribing treatment for such problems as depression and sleep disorders," says Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton.

The full findings are present in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. 

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