Year: 1985 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (18th: 1985: Toronto), p.65-6 SIEC No: 19851075

This study investigates the relationship between childhood sexual abuse & adult self-destructive behaviour. Subjects were 191 female clients who presented for counselling to a community agency. 129 had histories of sexual abuse; 62 did not. A comparison of these 2 groups revealed 54.9% of the abused group had attempted suicide. 93% who attempted suicide before age 13 & 88% of those attempting between ages 14 and 18 were sexually abused.