Studies show that such abuse casts a shadow over children’s physical and mental health for decades, increasing an individual’s risk of anxiety and depression, eating disorders, self-inflicted harm, violence, and more.
Now, researchers who’ve carefully tracked a small cohort of child sex abuse survivors over three decades say they’ve observed another phenomenon: that child sex abuse accelerates the timeline of puberty in adolescent girls.
The abuse can trigger increased levels of stress hormones; specifically, the stress can lead to heightened activity in the “hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal” (HPA) axis, which can then jump-start puberty ahead of schedule, the researchers said.
“At some point, the body can’t regulate stress hormones efficiently,” lead researcher Jennie Noll told CBS News.
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The detective said some girls are receiving counseling.
A Pinal County Sheriff's Office press release on Tuesday identified Kost as a Poston Butte High School student.
In non-abused children, physical, developmental and psychosocial development tend to occur on a similar timeline — meaning that children generally develop the psychological capacity to navigate the changes that happen their bodies during puberty.
But high-stress experiences like sexual abuse disrupt those developmental timelines, the Penn State researchers said.
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One of the girl told detectives that Kost threatened her, harassed her and told her to kill herself, according to authorities.
While the girl was in a hospital, where she was being treated after a suicide attempt, Kost threatened her again, saying he would "make her life a living hell'' if she returned to school, the press release said.