Life-Long Consequences

Sexual harassment and/or assault experienced in college can cause physical, emotional & educational consequences that may be life-long.

The health consequences resulting from sexual harassment and sexual assault are extraordinary and long-lasting, impacting a victim’s academic, social and future pursuits, in addition to their physical and mental health. Physical injuries from rape may include genital injury, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as bruises, black-eyes, cuts, scratches, and swelling. Victims of sexual violence may be subject to chronic reproductive health conditions such as painful, prolonged, and heavy menstrual periods and sexual dysfunction. Victims of rape also experience a wide range of psychological harm: shock, humiliation, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, anger, distrust of others, fear of STIs, such as HIV/AIDS, and guilt. Sexual harassment affects the health of young women in similar ways. In addition to negative effects on their education, victims may experience depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches, weight loss or gain, loss of confidence and self-esteem, and PTSD.

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