Girls Who Are Sexually Abused More Likely to Start Using Substances before Age 10

Posted on May 25, 2013

Many studies have confirmed the link between childhood sexual abuse and substance-related problems in adulthood. But a new investigation finds that being raped or molested at a young age also makes young girls far more likely to start drinking or doing drugs during their preteen years.

The study, published in the May issue of the journal Addiction, is the first to demonstrate that childhood sexual abuse has an early impact on girls’ use of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco, with many picking up their first drink before age 10.

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Category(s):Addictions, Drug Addiction, Sexual Abuse

Source material from Scientific American