The Urban Breakdown
Episode 15

360 DEGREES: Sexual Harassment and Mental Illness - Increased Since Trumpageddon?

F. Khristopher Blue published on

Today's Hosts: Odofoley Oquaye, Mercer Prescott, and F. Khristopher Blue

360 DEGREES: Sexual Harassment and Mental Illness - Increased Since Trump Era.

When you are part of the movement to end sexual violence, you can’t help but intersect with mental health. It’s a cyclical relationship. People with a range of mental health issues are at greater risk of experiencing sexual violence, and people who experience sexual violence are at a greater risk of having mental health issues.
 
Some in the sexual assault movement would not want this connection to be made—especially the later. There are certainly legitimate reasons for this—with a mental health diagnoses comes a whole lot more, specifically the stigma of being “crazy”, “looney”, “nuts” and the list goes on and on. Many advocates do not want mental illness listed as a result of experiencing sexual violence, but it’s undeniable.

Girls who are raped are about three times more likely to suffer from psychological disorders and over four times more likely to suffer from drug and alcohol abuse in adulthood. Sexual assault is also closely associated with depression and anxiety disorders.

Let’s not hide from the connection between sexual violence and mental health. It’s there, and that is okay. It is normal to experience psychological trauma after a traumatic event. The trauma may lead to a diagnosis, and that too is okay. 

Mental health issues are curable. Recovery is possible. Victims can recover from mental illness just as they move from victim to survivor.

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