Ironically sexual violence on teens is the most air topic over the internet and under-discussed in real life. Teens experiencing unsolicited sexual approaches, which are constantly untold, have a deteriorating effect on teens’ mental, leaving behind another victim of sexual violence.
According to RAINN:
- One in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under 18 experience sexual abuse or violence at the hands of an adult.
- 82% of all victims under 18 are female.
- Females ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual violence.
The effects of child sexual abuse can be long-lasting and affect the victim’s mental health. Victims are more likely than non-victims to experience the following mental health challenges:
- About four times more likely to develop symptoms of drug abuse.
- About four times more likely to experience PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) as adults.
- About three times more likely to experience a major depressive episode as adults.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is when someone compels or suppresses another person into engaging in unsolicited sexual interaction without that person’s consent. Fear, old age, illness, handicap, and the influence of alcohol or other drugs are a few reasons someone might not consent. Sexual violence can happen to anyone, including kids, teenagers, adults, and the elderly. Those that sexually abuse others can be strangers, friends, family members, or other trusted people.
Every community is harmed by sexual violence, which affects people of all sexes, sexual orientations, and ages. Sexual violence can happen to anybody, anywhere, and even online.
Impact of sexual Violence on Mental Health?
The consequences of anything as distressing as a sexual attack can include a swirl of complex feelings and, as a result, lifelong mental health issues.
The most commonly reported psychological effects of sexual violence include, Post-traumatic stress disorder, self-reproach and abashment, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia.
Unfortunately, these results will be felt in some way by the majority of victims. Sentiments of shame, guilt, or terror are among the various psychological impacts of sexual violence that are frequently experienced. However, these feelings may be transient and improve over time. The consequences are more severe in numerous other instances. According to one study, people who have experienced sexual assault are much more prone than the general population to struggle with anxiety disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, sleep difficulties, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It could have disastrous effects if expert mental health therapy is not received. Some people may even turn to substance abuse disorders to try to deal with or escape from their overwhelming emotions.
A survivor’s employment may be impacted by the trauma of sexual violence in the form of time off from work, subpar performance, job loss, or inability to work. These problems interfere with earning potential and have an ongoing impact on the financial security of survivors and their families. It can be challenging to cope with victimization and carry out daily responsibilities. Keeping up with personal relationships, going back to work or school, and restoring a sense of normalcy can be challenging for survivors.
Additionally, there is a link between sexual violence and other types of violence. For instance, females who have experienced sexual abuse are more likely to go through other forms of sexual violence and endure intimate partner violence in adulthood. Early middle school bullying is associated with high school sexual harassment, according to a new study.
Financial Facts about Sexual Violence:
Each rape costs approximately $151,423 (d) y. Annually rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by violence ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)
81% of women and 35% of men report significant short-term or long-term impacts such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Health care is 16% higher for women sexually abused as children.
When a sexual attack occurs, you might be uncertain how to support or respond to the victims. Victims can experience bodily pain, emotional exhaustion, or a lack of guidance. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for or give encouragement if you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual violence. One way to let victims know they are not alone and that individuals can provide them with the support they need is to call a trustworthy friend, such as a good friend or family member. Seek medical assistance as soon as possible, as prompt treatment can prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as well as any injuries that may have been sustained.
After sexual violence, many people experience mental health issues. Being concerned about your mental health does not make you “vulnerable” or “broken.” People have unique stress management for trauma.
A mental health practitioner can assist those who have witnessed sexual violence. A safe and judgment-free environment is provided through therapy. You don’t have to solve your issues by yourself.
We can all take the following actions to stop sexual violence:
- Encourage and put into action healthy interactions, actions, and attitudes.
- Stop unfriendly and problematic behaviour by getting involved.
- Recognize survivors and assist them in locating support options
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