Sexual Violence Against Adolescent Girls: Labeling It to Avoid Normalization

Giussy Barbara, Federica Collini, Cristina Cattaneo, Federica Facchin, Paolo Vercellini, Laura Chiappa, Alessandra Kustermann

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Abstract

Violence against women is a pervasive complex phenomenon that destroys women's feelings of love, trust, and self-esteem. In this commentary, we specifically focus on sexual violence against adolescent girls, whose impact is particularly harmful since it may lead to impaired mental health, social functioning, and neurodevelopment. Between 12% and 25% of adolescent girls throughout the world experience sexual violence, very often perpetrated by a family member or a friend. Moreover, for an alarming proportion of girls, the first sexual experience is coerced. In this article, we review the multiple negative effects of sexual violence against adolescent girls. We also report data derived from our practice in a public Italian referral Centre for Sexual and Domestic Violence (SVSeD) and address the importance of a multidisciplinary clinical approach with adolescent victims of sexual violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1149
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Adolescent girls
  • gender violence
  • multidisciplinary clinical practice
  • prevalence of sexual violence

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Sexual Violence Against Adolescent Girls : Labeling It to Avoid Normalization. / Barbara, Giussy; Collini, Federica; Cattaneo, Cristina; Facchin, Federica; Vercellini, Paolo; Chiappa, Laura; Kustermann, Alessandra.

In: Journal of Women's Health, Vol. 26, No. 11, 01.11.2017, p. 1146-1149.

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Barbara, Giussy ; Collini, Federica ; Cattaneo, Cristina ; Facchin, Federica ; Vercellini, Paolo ; Chiappa, Laura ; Kustermann, Alessandra. / Sexual Violence Against Adolescent Girls : Labeling It to Avoid Normalization. In: Journal of Women's Health. 2017 ; Vol. 26, No. 11. pp. 1146-1149.
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