Sexual assault, harassment linked to health problems in women: study

Kim Painter for USA TODAY writes:
A history of sexual assault or workplace sexual harassment can have a major effect on the mental and physical health of a middle-aged woman, a new study suggests.
Victims of sexual assault suffer high rates of depression, anxiety and sleeplessness; victims of harassment have elevated rates of high blood pressure and sleep loss, according to the study published Wednesday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The study is not the first or largest to link sexual assault and harassment with mental and physical health problems. But it may carry extra weight because the women in the study were directly examined by researchers and underwent formal mental health assessments. Some previous studies were based on surveys.

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