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How does rape harm the victim?

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  • Injuries from violent acts.
  • Injuries to the genitals and/or anus.
  • Being exposed to diseases that can be passed on during sex.
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Shame
  • Embarrassment
  • Guilt
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Trust
  • Attraction to men (if the attacker was a man)
  • Consensual sex later in life
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Falling and staying asleep

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From: Rape and Date Rape WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

SOURCES:

GirlsHealth.gov: “What is rape and date rape?”

WomensHealth.gov: “Rape.”

U.S. Department of Justice.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: “Sexual Assault,” “Reporting to Law Enforcement,” “Laws in Your State,” “About the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 13, 2018

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