What’s Current: Sexual harassment and assault hurt women’s health later in life

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  • A study of women’s health intended to look at menopause symptoms uncovered negative effects later in life from having been a victim of sexual harassment or assault, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, or high blood pressure. As Rebecca Traister writes, in her new book, Good And Mad, women have good reason to be angry.
  • Graham Linehan, writer for the popular UK television series, Father Ted, has become embroiled in an escalating dispute with a trans-identified male Twitter user, Stephanie Hayden, who routinely threatens police reports or legal action against people who disagree with him about gender identity politics.
  • An analysis of UK sex crime data reveals that about one rape per week is committed by a previous sex offender, after serving an initial sentence or being released early.
  • Nepalese authorities have directed ISPs to block porn sites as part of an effort to curb rising rates of sexual assault and rape.
  • President Trump mocked Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, to cheering rally crowds yesterday, in a cultivated climate of hostile sexism. Saying that men were under attack in the US because women’s sexual assault and harassment allegations are being heard, he urged listeners to, “Think of your son. Think of your husband.”
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • Hanakai

    Your last paragraph is so well-stated. Do you mind other quoting it with attribution?

  • Revanchiste

    On Feminist Current:
    ‘A study of women’s health intended to look at menopause symptoms uncovered negative effects later in life from having been a victim of sexual harassment or assault, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, or high blood pressure.’

    What the article says:
    ‘The study shows they are even more common in women dealing with the fallout of harassment or assault – though it cannot prove the incidents caused the health problems.’

    Why this decrepancy? Did the contributor not read the article that she has quoted? Was she deliberately misleading the reader?

    • Morag999

      “Was she deliberately misleading the reader?”

      Thank goodness you showed up to tell us that nothing men do to hurt women can be proved. We were almost tricked into believing that sexual harassment and assault are not good for our health.

  • Jani

    The effects of sexual assault have definitely had long term effects on my physical and emotional health. Because I endured a particularly traumatic gang assault at 13 I can also say it affected my education too. It takes a lot to hold it all together at such a young age and survive in a hostile environment especially as my attackers quite openly bragged about what they did, and I had no support either. In early adulthood I experienced four attempted rapes and one incidence of date rape. Other than the gang assault, my experiences are not unusual. Later in life I developed an autoimmune condition which I am still living with. I have also had periods of depression and anxiety, and at one stage I developed an eating disorder and was clinically underweight. I have often wondered what role that assault had on my health. Since #metoo I have read so many accounts of women who have lived through sexual assault, abuse, rape, etc, and I feel what they did. I recognise so much of what they experienced. Just because something happened in the past, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen at all. Just because something happened long ago, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you any more.

  • FierceMild

    I wouldn’t get too excited about Nepal. Nepali women, especially those in prostitution, are having their skin stolen and the government doesn’t appear to care too much about it. https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2017/03/how-women-from-nepal-are-trafficked-to-india-and-disfigured-to-make-rich-men-and-women-beautiful/

  • Meghan Murphy

    Really? I don’t have that impression and can’t imagine how anyone could watch her testimony and *not* believe her…

    Though it’s very true we all get caught up in our little bubbles and it prevents us from understanding how the general public is actually perceiving things…