Sexual violence can affect the whole person in body, mind, or spirit. The responses of the body to a traumatic experience, like a sexual assault, can have lasting impact on health for any person at any age.
The materials listed below outline issues, activities, resources, and promising practices on the prevention of eating disorders, traumatic events that can lead to their development, and cultural norms that reinforce unhealthy attitudes around weight and body image.
The NSVRC works with the following national healthcare provider associations that have been funded by the CDC to expand their leadership role in addressing sexual violence prevention. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College Health Association, and the International Association of Forensic Nurses are funded to create educational and support materials that will foster the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for their members to address sexual violence prevention in their practices and communities.
Sexual Violence Facts at a Glance (1 p.) by CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2008). This fact sheet provides information and statistics on the health outcomes for different populations who reported on their individual experiences of sexual violence.
Sexual violence can have lasting impact on health for any person at any age. We provide these resources in the hope that people who’ve experienced sexual violence can have better health outcomes, and that preventing sexual violence will lead to healthier people overall. For those of who have already experienced sexual violence, knowing the impacts on health may help you in deciding what approach to take in pursuing or receiving medical care.
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.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.