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Those who experienced sexual assault twice as likely to have sleep problems

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/sexual-assault-harassment-victims-anxiety-depression-study-jama-internal-medicine-metoo-a8568416.html

Researchers also found that those who experienced either sexual assault or harassment were twice as likely to have sleep problems such as insomnia.

Women who reported workplace sexual harassment had higher blood pressure than women who did not – and at levels elevated enough to put them at risk of stroke, kidney disease, aneurysms, heart attacks and other forms of heart disease.

Rebecca Thurston, a psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the study’s lead author, said: “When it comes to sexual harassment or sexual assault, our study shows that lived experiences may have a serious impact on women’s health, both mental and physical.”

She added: “This is an issue that needs to be tackled with urgency not just in terms of treatment but in terms of prevention.”