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J Forensic Nurs. 2013 Apr-Jun;9(2):76-83. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31828106df.

A comparative analysis of victims of sexual assault with and without mental health histories: acute and follow-up care characteristics.

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Author Affiliations: 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 2Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital, 3Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, 4 Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women's College Hospital, 5Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and 6Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres in Ontario.


Sexual assault is a common and serious health issue that is underreported and has low follow-up rates. The myriad of psychological sequelae of sexual assault are well documented; however, there is a dearth of literature on the prevalence of preexisting mental health issues in survivors of sexual assault. This exploratory study compares victims seen at a sexual assault treatment center with and without preexisting self-reported mental health histories. The rates of preexisting mental illness in sexual assault victims are significant. Implications for clinical practice and research are discussed.

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