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NH Not Cheering This "Sox Sellout"

March 30, 2007


Imagine Fenway Park filled three times over, and every attendee is a New Hampshire victim of sexual assault. A new survey released today shows the number of women who say they've been a victim of sexual assault, or domestic violence, is higher than previous estimates. And recovery for all those survivors is more than healing cuts and bruises -- it requires a wide array of services for lingering effects that can last a lifetime. Grace Mattern with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says it means thousands of women likely need help to heal from abuse, and health care has a role to play.

"Screening people routinely for abuse across their lifespan, and helping to connect people with supportive services that can help them can improve their health."

The survey found that more than 22 percent of New Hampshire women have been the victim of sexual assault, and more than 33 percent have been assaulted by an intimate partner. People with poor health or chronic health problems were most likely to report being assaulted.

Mattern adds violence that scars the mind can also affect the body, something that isn't always widely recognized.

"The more that we can integrate services to understand the underlying trauma, I think the better job we'll do as a society and a community at large in meeting the needs of victims."

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH