The Health Effects of Sexual Harassment

According to Dr. Helen Wilson, a licensed clinical psychologist, “Among women who experience a sexual assault, 90 percent who experience sexual violence in the immediate aftermath exhibit symptoms of acute stress.” Sexual harassment has the ability to induce many issues, ranging from mental health problems to physical ones. With these effects, the most common diagnoses include anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We must come to realize and bring awareness to the absolute toll these outcomes of sexual harassment take on the lives of countless survivors. 

Not only are mental health issues derived from sexual harassment, but physical health problems also play a major role. Though, these bodily effects typically sprout from these mental health issues. Many victims of sexual harassment generally find it difficult to come to terms with what has happened to them. They tend to go into a state of denial as their brain can not comprehend the situation. This builds up mental health problems which eventually cause the body to feel overwhelmed, leading to physical health issues. These issues take shape as headaches, body aches, insomnia, and even high blood pressure. Long-term health problems may also develop, such as cardiovascular issues. Even survivors who have come into full awareness of their mental state and have processed their encounter may deal with these issues.

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