Study finds family history of sexual abuse heightens risks (Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences)

A study indicating that survivors of sexual abuse and children of residential school survivors are at a much higher risk of sexual assault shows the need for the country’s first indigenous-designed centre to treat young sexual assault victims, First Nations advocates say.

The Cedar Project study, the first of its kind in Canada, followed 259 young aboriginal women aged 14 to 30 who used drugs in Vancouver and Prince George during a seven-year period from 2003 to 2010.

The Cedar Project is a partnership between indigenous leaders and health researchers to study the reasons for HIV infection among First Nations people who use drugs in Prince George and Vancouver. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of B.C.’s school of population and public health and the centre for health evaluation and outcome sciences.

Kevin Griffin reports

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