Association of sexual revictimization with sexuality and psychological function

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Abstract

This study explores the associations of sexual revictimization (experiencing sexual abuse in childhood and adulthood) in a sample of 230 African American women who are low-income. Data indicate that women who experience sexual revictimization are more at risk for emotional stress and psychological pathology than women with no history of abuse. In addition, women who are revictimized appear to be at greater risk for emotional problems than women sexually abused only as a child or sexually assaulted only as adults. Revictimization also appears to be associated with an increased probability of engaging in prostitution, even higher than women with childhood- or adult-only victimization, who showed increased probability when compared to women never abused. Finally, women who are revictimized showed increased HIV risk, in that they were 4 times less likely than other women to consistently use condoms, but no more likely to be in monogamous relationships or less likely to have multiple partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-524
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • HIV risk
  • Revictimization
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Unsafe sex

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