Childhood sexual abuse linked with suicide

Those who have experienced abuse are three times more at risk than peers

People who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood are three times as likely to attempt suicide compared with peers, a landmark study shows.

In what is claimed to be the first comprehensive review of childhood maltreatment and suicidality, the UK researchers also found double the odds of suicide attempts after physical or emotional abuse and nearly double after emotional or physical neglect.

The systematic review and meta-analysis drew on 79 studies involving more than 330,000 children and young adults up to the age of 24 who