Time for change
The #Metoo movement marked its first anniversary recently, and now a timely study has shed some light on the lasting effects of sexual assault on women’s health. The research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, surveyed 304 women aged 40-60, 19 percent of whom reported a history of workplace sexual harassment and 22 percent of whom reported a history of sexual assault. After analysing health factors such as blood pressure and medical history, they found that women who had experienced harassment in the workplace had significantly higher blood pressure and significantly lower sleep quality than women who didn’t. Women who had been assaulted were also more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety, and had poorer sleep quality, than those women who hadn’t been assaulted.