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Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse

Author Jarod Cassidy

Every individual reacts differently to stress and trauma. This is also true for child sexual abuse. No two cases of abuse are the same, nor are the victims’ responses. However, researches do note that victims of child sexual abuse are more likely to experience overwhelming feelings of guilt, fear, and shame well into adulthood.

Depression Following Sexual Abuse

Depression is among the most common psychological effects victims of child sexual abuse suffer, and research indicates that victims of child sexual abuse are much more likely to develop severe depression than the general populace.

One of the many studies that have positively link child sexual abuse to increased risk of depression was published in British Medical Journal in 1998. The study screened 1,189 women using a 30-item health questionnaire – 237 of those women were then interviewed.

According to the study, 37 percent of the women who reported depression had experienced sexual abuse before the age of 16.

A large scale study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders reported similar findings. Of more than 35,000 U.S. residents followed over a 5-year period, 10 percent reported that they had been sexually abused. However, of the residents who had suffered severe depression for more than five years, roughly 40 percent reported child sexual abuse.

Guilt, Shame, and Lack of Trust

In addition to depression, researchers have found that survivors of child sexual abuse can carry feelings of guilt and shame long after the abuse ceases. Some even blame themselves because they don’t believe they tried hard enough to stop or prevent their abuse or because they experienced physical pleasure.

Others survivors may develop insomnia. Many children are abused in their own beds and as such survivors of the abuse can subconsciously associate their bed with the abuse, leading to nighttime anxiety and sleeping disorders.

Researchers also note that sexual abuse survivors often develop trust issues. This occurs for two reasons according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

  1. 93-percent of all sexual abuse victims under the age of 18 know their attacker.
  2. Abusers often manipulate those they abuse, convincing insisting they care or love them even while abusing them.

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2 Injured in Baytown Accident

Author Cordes Crawford

A man driving the wrong way on Texas 146 in Baytown struck an oncoming van Tuesday morning, critically injuring both drivers.

About the Baytown Accident

According to the Houston Chronicle, the man was driving southbound in the northbound lanes around 1 am when he struck the van.

Preliminary reports state van’s driver had just come over an overpass when she swerved to avoid the oncoming car, but was unable.

Both drivers were airlifted to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center in Houston.           

Authorities are still investigating the accident.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 3,413 traffic related deaths recorded in 2013.
  • This averages to roughly one death every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • Head-on collisions accounted for 523 deaths.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • A reportable accident took place every 71 seconds.

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Water Heaters Recalled Because of Risk of Fire and Explosion

Author Liana DeMasi

Giant Factories are recalling their water heaters due to risk of fire and explosion.

About the Water Heater Recall

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the water heaters pose a threat when there is a space between the bottom of the water tank and the combustion chamber.

This space can cause the flame arrestor or flame arrestor plate to fail and in turn cause a fire or explosion if flammable liquids or gases are nearby.

Owners are advised to ensure that there are no flammable liquids or gases nearby and to contact Giant to get a free inspection. If there is a problem with the water heater they will replace it for free. 

Description of the Recalled Water Heater

  • Heaters are atmospherically vented propane or natural gas heaters.
  • They hold 30, 40, 50, or 60 gallons. 
  • The heaters are white with the “Giant” logo in red on the front. 
  • The heater also has a nameplate with the serial number, manufacturing date and model number. 
  • There have been no reported deaths or injuries.
  • The heaters were sold at independent distributors in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania from April 2014-October 2014 for between $340 and $830. 

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