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Sexual Violence: A Public Health Problem

From the Show: Staying Well
Summary: Sexual violence can lead to emotional distress and other long-term health problems. Don't become the next victim.
Air Date: 4/25/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Theckedath Mathew, MD
Theckedath MathewDr. Theckedath Mathew, MD, was born into a middle class, Roman Catholic family on the Southwest cape of India. After years of serving as an altar boy, Dr. Mathew went on to attend a Catholic high school and Catholic college – both of which he was eventually expelled from for speaking his mind. Meanwhile, as a Communist government was elected to power, Dr. Mathew used his strong beliefs to protest and was thrown into jail twice for doing so. He found a good collegiate fit in St. Berchman's College, where he was awarded classic books like The Old Man and the Sea and The Good Earth for winning academic competitions – and thus his love of reading and learning really took off. After reading the Old and New Testaments, Dr. Mathew dove into over 20 years of research, poring over every document he could get his hands on. The result is his new book, Joshua: The Odyssey of An Ordinary Man. Dr. Mathew went on to earn several post doctoral diplomas and has practiced medicine on four continents. An accomplished Senior Interventional Cardiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Dr. Mathew resides in Rochester.
Sexual Violence: A Public Health Problem
Sexual violence refers to sexual activity that was not freely given or activity that reflected a lack of mutual consent. 

Sexual violence includes a range of misconduct (not all being physical), including the following: rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking and threats. 

With the advancement of time, technology now plays a role in sexual misconduct since photographs, video, or other visual records of sexual activity made and released without consent may constitute as sexual misconduct. 

Sexual violence is a serious and growing problem in the United States.  According to the CDC, "an estimated 20% to 25% of college women have experienced an attempted  or complete rape during their college career." 

This type of violence can affect your emotional health and well-being and lead to long-term health problems. 

Dr. Theckedath Mathew, MD speaks on why sexual violence is a public health problem, who is at risk, and prevention methods you can utilize to keep yourself safe. 

He aims to eradicate sexual misconduct by education, recognizing when you need to take action, and where to seek help.