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The Impact of Sexual Assault on Mental Health

It’s National Suicide Prevention Month and no better time to acknowledge the traumatic impact sexual assault and intimate partner violence have on survivors' mental and emotional health. Though every victim deals with the psychological and physical effects differently, typical responses include depression, flashbacks, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the World Health Organization, suicide accounts for more than 700,000 deaths annually, and significant trauma like sexual abuse is a major risk factor for suicide attempts and suicide. About 33% of rape victims have suicidal thoughts; 13% attempt suicide. Survivors whose first assault occurs before age 16 are at an even greater risk, with suicide attempts occurring three to four times more than those assaulted after that age. LGBTQ youth, high school students, and adults ages 18-25 are high-risk populations. At The Hive, we’re joining forces with mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, and community members to raise awareness about suicide prevention in honor of the thousands of survivors who have participated in our programs. We’re working to magnify the conversation and foster actions that promote healing and hope. Actions include:

  • Ask

  • Be There

  • Keep Them Safe

  • Help Them Stay Connected

  • Follow Up

  • Learn More

By sharing resources and information, we’re equipping people with tools they can use to help others. It’s the least we can do.




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