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Persistent suffering : The serious consequences of sexual violence against women and girls, their search for inner healing and the significance of the #metoo movement

Persistent suffering : The serious consequences of sexual violence against women and girls, their search for inner healing and the significance of the #metoo movement


Title: Persistent suffering : The serious consequences of sexual violence against women and girls, their search for inner healing and the significance of the #metoo movement
Author: Sigurðardóttir, Sigrún
Halldórsdóttir, Sigríður
Date: 2021-02-14
Language: English
Scope: 16
School: School of Health Sciences
Series: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; 18(4)
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041849
Subject: Kynferðislegt ofbeldi; Konur; Metoo; Consequences of violence; Inter-personal violence; Sexual violence; Theory synthesis, psychoneuroimmunology; Trauma-informed care; Victims; Women’s health and wellbeing; Sexual violence; Women; Metoo; Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2996

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Sigurðardóttir , S & Halldórsdóttir , S 2021 , ' Persistent suffering : The serious consequences of sexual violence against women and girls, their search for inner healing and the significance of the #metoo movement ' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , vol. 18 , no. 4 , 1849 , pp. 1-16 . https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18041849

Abstract:

This paper uses the method of theory synthesis, primarily from our own previous studies and psychoneuroimmunology research, with the aim of exploring and better understanding the consequences of sexual violence for women and their search for inner healing. The impact of the #MeToo movement is also examined. The main finding is that sexual violence causes persistent suffering for women and girls. In childhood and adolescence, the main consequences include a feeling of unbearable secrecy, threat and humiliation; disconnection of body and soul; great fear and constant insecurity; damaged self-image, self-accusation and guilt; experiencing being compelled to take full responsibility for the crime; as well as various physical and mental health problems, e.g., suicidal thoughts. In adulthood, the consequences are also multifaceted and varied, including vag-inal problems, recurrent urinary tract infections, widespread and chronic pain, sleeping problems, chronic back problems, and fibromyalgia, eating disorders, social anxiety, severe depression, and chronic fatigue. In conclusion, sexual violence has these extremely negative and long-term consequences because of the interconnectedness of body, mind, and soul. The seriousness of the consequences makes a trauma-informed approach to services essential to support the healing and im-proved health and well-being of survivors.

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Funding Information: Funding: This research received no external funding but was supported by the University of Aku-reyri. Funding Information: This research received no external funding but was supported by the University of Akureyri. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

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