The Impact of Sexual Assault on Sexual Function: Strategies for Treatment and Prevention

  • Catalina Vechiu


Sexual victimization is a pervasive problem associated with immediate and long-term psychopathology. Ample evidence indicate that sexual victimization is also associated with negative sexual health outcomes including orgasm difficulties, inhibited arousal or desire, fear of sex, negative attitudes about sex, and engaging in risky sexual behaviors (Leonard & Follette, Annual Review of Sex Research, 13, 346–388, 2002; Lutfey et al., Fertility and Sterility, 90, 957–64, 2008; Rellini & Meston, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 67–77, 2007). Although there is little disagreement that sexual assault is associated with negative mental health sequelae, the treatment of sexual dysfunction is subject to considerable debate. As such, the aim of this chapter is to identify the key findings and gaps in the literature regarding the treatment and prevention of sexual dysfunction and discuss strategies for intervention. The chapter begins with a brief overview of the prevalence rates of sexual assault and sexual dysfunction disorders, followed by an examination of evidence-based treatments of sexual dysfunction including best practices for assessment and intervention.


Sexual dysfunction Sexual assault Sexual health Prevention Treatment 


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  • Catalina Vechiu
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  1. 1.University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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