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Sexual Assault and the Body

Download this publicationThis issue explores the association between sexual assault and the body. Specifically in connection to how sexual assault impacts one's body image. As you know, the impact of sexual abuse can take on various forms. It can have a psychological and physiological impact on survivors that actually may impact the ability to sustain long-term relationships such as: addictions, depression, anxieties, sleeping or eating disorders, associations, dissociations, low self-esteem, and various other forms including the fear of any intimacy associated with sexual activity.

However, the premise for this issue focal point is on the dynamics of exploring the concept of body images, self-harm and self injurious behavior, self esteem, cognitive adaptations to trauma, including sexual abuse that may delimit or interfere with the ongoing cognitive developmental tasks, self care, and the path to healing.

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Reviewed: July 11th, 2016