What is the impact of child sexual abuse?

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Increased likelihood of depression, substance abuse, sexually transmitted disease, promiscuious behavior, criminal behavior, and difficulties in adult relationships have all been associated with victims of Child Sexual Abuse. One study found that 80% of children who have been sexually abused have some symptoms of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). (Shanta R. Dube, MPH, Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, Charles L. Whitfield, MD, David W. Brown, MSPH, MS,Vincent J. Felitti, MD, Maxia Dong, MD, PhD, Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS. Long-Term Consequences of Childhood SexualAbuse by Gender of Victim. Am J Prev Med 2005;28(5):430–438.)

In addition to the emotional costs, one study found that sexually violent acts against children in the state of Minnesota alone (ages 0-14) cost $71 billion every year, or 61% of the cost of all violent crime for this age group. (Miller, T., D. Taylor, and M. Sheppard. (2007) Costs of Sexual Violence in Minnesota. St. Paul: Minnesota Department of Health, Sexual Violence Prevention Program, Injury and Violence Protection Unit, Center for Health Promotion, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division.  http://www.health.state.mn.us/svp.)

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