This article summarizes results of a national study on the prevalence of different forms of child sexual abuse and its impact on chronic diseases, mental health disorders, and health-risk behaviors among adults in Saudi Arabia. Based on a cross-sectional, national survey of adults utilizing the Adverse Childhood Experiences International Questionnaire (ACE-IQ), researcher Maha Almuneef found CSA victims, in comparison to participants with no CSA, had increase odds of diabetes, coronary heart disease, obesity, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses. In addition, they also had higher odds of being a smoker, drinking alcohol, using drugs, out-of-wedlock sexual relations, and suicidal thoughts.

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