Does sexual assault have long-term health effects?

Yes, sexual assault can have long-term health effects. People who have experienced sexual violence or stalking by any person or physical violence by an intimate partner are more likely to report:1

  • Headaches
  • Long-term pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Poor physical and mental health
  • Asthma
  • Irritable bowel syndrome

Other health effects can include:9

Getting support after a sexual assault can help. You are not alone. Reach out to friends or family, talk to a counselor or advocate, or join a support group in person or online.