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Revictimization is most commonly thought of as experiencing physical or sexual assaults in adulthood after experiencing childhood sexual or physical abuse. However, some people also view revictimization simply as experiencing multiple interpersonal victimizations (physical or sexual assaults) perpetrated by different people, no matter the age. Revictimization is to be distinguished from polyvictimization, which is defined as having experienced two or more types of traumatic and/or stressful experiences. This entry briefly reviews the consequences of revictimization, the risk for revictimization, and recommendations for future directions to increase knowledge of revictimization.

Consequences of Revictimization

Revictimization is associated with a range of negative outcomes including increased substance use and substance-related problems as well as potentially risky sexual behaviors, such as higher numbers of partners and earlier age of first ...

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