EDITORIAL

Violence and women's health

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Science  16 Oct 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6258, pp. 257
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad5923

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Last month, the Association of American Universities' Campus Climate Survey provided a disturbing picture of the extent of sexual assault on campuses in the United States. Almost a quarter of female graduates surveyed from 27 institutions indicated having experienced sexual assault during their undergraduate period. Distressingly, violence on campuses is part of a larger epidemic of sexual violence in the United States, making it a major women's issue. The widespread prevalence of exposure to violence and its immediate harm and long-term health consequences argue for greater efforts in both research and treatment.