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What are the effects of sexual abuse on pregnancy?

Bonnie Lynn Wright, PhD
Geriatrics Nursing
The reverse is also true. Pregnancy has an effect on abuse. Many abused women find that the abuse begins during or after pregnancy when their partner fails to positively adapt to their new role as husband and father, usually given a personal history of being abused or witnessing abuse in the home. The rate of abuse in pregnant women compared to non-pregnant women is statistically higher. Some already abused women are spared during pregnancy but the abuse returns after birth. Either way, pregnancy does impact abuse as well.

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