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June 2013

In recent months, several high-profile sexual assault cases have been widely reported in the media. Does this coverage depict a full representation of sexual assaults?


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A Question of Health

Every month Women’s Health Matters will be recruiting an expert to answer a question about a health issue that’s in the news or on women’s minds.

This month’s topic: Do sensational media reports reflect the realities of sexual assault?

In June, Women’s Health Matters spoke to Dr. Janice Du Mont, a scientist in the Violence and Health Research Program at Women’s College Research Institute, about the recent coverage of high-profile sexual assault cases.

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Worrying about everyday life is something that we have all been guilty of doing. But when feelings of anxiousness become persistent and begin to interfere with day-to-day activities, you may have an anxiety disorder. While anxiety stems from several situations and affects each person uniquely, women have higher anxiety rates than men and are more likely to develop a panic disorder. The reasons for these differences have yet to be understood, however there are ways for a woman to determine whether she is experiencing everyday anxiety, or symptoms of an anxiety disorder. The Online Mental Health Centre’s anxiety section provides women with further information about the disorder, risk factors associated with anxiety, as well as online resources available to help treat and manage anxiety.

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