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Sexual Assault Linked To Later Brain Damage In Women

Provided By - Video Elephant on September 27, 2021
A study has found that women who've experienced sexual assault are at a higher risk of developing a type of brain damage. This type of brain damage has been linked to cognitive decline, dementia and stroke. Scientists analyzed the brain scans of 145 middle-aged women with no previous history of stroke or dementia. 68% of these women had experienced trauma and for 23% of them, this trauma was sexual assault. They discovered that “women with a history of sexual assault have greater white matter hyperintensities in the brain”. This is an indicator of small vessel disease, which has been linked to “stroke, dementia, cognitive decline and mortality”. According to the study author, most women experience sexual assault in early adolescence and early adulthood.

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