A recent news article discusses the findings of a study showing women who have experienced sexual violence are more likely to develop disruptions to blood flow in the brain.
The study found that women who experience sexual violence might face more than the physical injuries sustained during the attack and other known mental health consequences like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, or depression. They may also have a higher risk of a certain type of brain disease that's a precursor for dementia and stroke.
This research has important implications for women's overall health and identifying early warning signs of stroke and dementia. Women who have been sexually traumatized are encouraged to share this information with their health care providers.