Yourwellness Magazine Explores Later Impacts of Child Abuse

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With Twitter being criticised for its small contribution to tackling images of child abuse online, Yourwellness Magazine explored the impacts that child abuse has on later life.

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Twitter is dragging its feet over raising its contribution to combating online child abuse and pornography from just £5,000, The Independent reported October 6th. According to the article, “Twitter pays just £5,000 to tackle images of child abuse online – and is unhappy about being asked to contribute more,” the company is a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), but while some other tech companies have pledged up to £1 million in support to the industry-funded charity, Twitter insists it shouldn’t have to pay any more than the tiny sum it already does because it isn’t turning a profit. However, Twitter has growing advertising revenues upwards of $300 million from 2011 to 2012, and the IWF writes in its Funding Model Policy that “members are expected to increase their membership subscription as their businesses develop”. (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the impacts of child abuse in later life. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘Half of sexual abuse survivors wait for some time before disclosing they were victimised. The psychological distress of victims includes anxiety, depression, troubles concentrating and irritability. Certain victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder; some relive the abuse psychologically while others have dulled emotions or become hyper-vigilant. Men who report they were sexually abused during childhood are particularly vulnerable to having a heart attack later in life.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that sexual abuse survivors often engage in more unhealthy behaviours such as higher rates of alcohol use or smoking and increased levels of general stress compared to their non-abused counterparts, and this can increase heart attack risk. Yourwellness Magazine commented that adverse child experiences become biologically embedded in the way individuals react to stress throughout their life, particularly with respect to the production of cortisol, the hormone associated with the “fight-or-flight” response. Cortisol is also implicated in the development of cardiovascular diseases.

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