Child Sexual Abuse Has Long Lasting Effects

Childhood abuse places the child at greater risk for serious health complications later on in life.

Childhood abuse places the child at greater risk for serious health complications later on in life. Healing is possible though, and healthcare providers should take an active role in advocating for their patient’s needs.

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“Trauma and early negative experiences affect the development and even structure of the brain. Women who were sexually abused as children show significantly diminished brain volume on brain scans.”

“The brain shows a sustained and pervasive stress response as the child grows, and this has a long-term effect on immune function. Brain wave patterns change. The brain’s response to inflammation and healing is altered. Neurotransmitter levels adapt to these new abnormal levels. The biological changes in the brain are even more profound if the abuse was early, pervasive, or severe.”

“The range of potential adverse health outcomes is extensive and childhood sexual abuse can be seen as a risk factor for many diseases. Those who experienced childhood sexual abuse are one and a half times more likely to report serious health problems.”

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