Sexual Assault May Include Physical Injuries

Physical consequences of sexual assault may include physical injuries, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), chronic pain, gynecological problems, and unwanted pregnancy.

The physical consequences of sexual assault may include:

Physical injuries: 31.5% of women victims incur an injury in addition to the rape itself, victims also suffer minor scratches, bruises and welts, broken bones, dislocated joints, sore muscles, sprains, strains, chipped or broken teeth, knife wounds, internal injuries, and loss of consciousness.

Studies find an elevated prevalence of STIs among survivors of sexual violence.

Chronic pain, headaches, and stomach problems.

Gynecological problems: Common consequences of forced sex include vaginal bleeding, genital irritation, pain during menstruation, and sexual dysfunction.


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