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How does child abuse affect survivors' sexual health?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) links adverse childhood experiences (which include other household dysfunctions in addition to child abuse and child neglect) with a range of long-term health impacts including the following sexual and reproductive health issues and risk factors:
  • multiple sexual partners
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • unintended pregnancies
  • early initiation of sexual activity
  • adolescent pregnancy
  • fetal death
Abused children are more likely to engage in sexual risk taking and more likely to experience teen pregnancy. The likelihood of teen pregnancy increases with each adverse childhood experience.

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