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Invited Commentary
September 16, 2019

Forced and Coerced Sexual Initiation in Women: New Insights, Even More Questions

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco
  • 2San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, San Francisco, California
JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(11):1558-1560. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.3467

The #MeToo movement has opened a national conversation about nonconsensual sexual experiences among women, highlighting the prevalence of problematic sexual behaviors that have historically been normalized or not discussed. More women are now speaking openly about forced or coerced sexual activity, but there is much we still do not know about the long-term effect of these experiences on women’s health. As screening and recognition of the range of situations and interactions that encompass sexual assault expand, we also should determine the consequences of these experiences for women across their lifespan.

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