One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Often, the traumatic results of assault follow survivors well into adulthood, manifesting in many areas of their lives. Obesity is one of the many physical and psychological effects associated with sexual abuse.
This series, entitled "The Recovery Room," was recognized with an Eddie Award for editorial excellence in the category of Best Series of Articles in a nonprofit magazine at the Folio: Show in New York City on October 30, 2019. TOPS extends its heartfelt thanks to the members, subject matter experts and nonprofit partners who contributed to our coverage of this important and sensitive topic. Read more
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There are many reasons why sexual, physical and emotional abuse can lead to overeating and other unhealthy behaviors. Survivors often are overly hard on themselves. Licensed therapist Kathleen Murray shares how to recognize patterns and break the cycle.
One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before they turn 18. Survivors may use overeating or addictive behaviors to cope. Learn more
It’s not easy to know what to say when someone shares something as personal and painful as a sexual assault. Learn to be a sympathetic listener.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse and needs help right now, reaching out to these resources (PDF) may help begin the process of healing.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse and needs help right now, help is available.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline:
800.656.HOPE (4673) online.rainn.org
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime:
(Available Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST)
More Hotlines and Crisis Center Resources.
Join TOPS wellness expert Patricia Amborn as she guides you on a journey of self-exploration in this series of 25 narrated slide shows.