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Exploring the Links: Eating Disorders & Sexual Violence
- Child Sexual Assault Prevention
- Engaging Bystanders in Sexual Violence Prevention
- Healthcare Initiative
- Know Your Rights
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)
- National Sexual Assault Conference
- Rape Prevention & Education (RPE)
- RPE Council
- Rural Training Project
- Preventing Sexual Violence in Disasters
- SANE Sustainability TA
- Sexual Abuse in Detention Resource Center
- Sexual Assault Demonstration Initiative
- Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
- Sexual Violence & the Workplace
- US Territories
- Multilingual Access
Recent research and practice efforts have shown links between sexual victimization during childhood or adolescence and developing an eating disorder. To provide more informed services, people working in anti-violence movements can review the resources in this online resource collection on sexual violence, trauma, and eating disorders.
Much of the information available on eating disorders comes from experts treating eating disorders specifically, but researchers have found a connection between experiencing sexual violence and developing an eating disorder. Anti-sexual violence advocates and professionals trying to incorporate a trauma-informed perspective can benefit from exploring these links.
Throughout the collection, the term “eating disorders” is used because it is most commonly recognized by the general public. Some practitioners have recommended using the term distorted eating as an umbrella term instead. Just as with sexual violence, language continues to change and evolve.
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