Time for change

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

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.

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