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Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2013 Feb;27(1):27-37. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2012.08.015. Epub 2012 Nov 24.

Psychological consequences of sexual assault.

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  • 1St Andrew's Healthcare, Billing Road, Northampton NN1 5DG, UK.


Sexual violence is an important issue worldwide and can have long-lasting and devastating consequences. In this chapter, we outline the psychological reactions to serious sexual assault and rape, including development of post-traumatic stress disorder. Myths and stereotypes surrounding this subject, and their potential effect on the emotional response and legal situation, are discussed.

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