Original ArticlesA Comparative Analysis of Victims of Sexual Assault With and Without Mental Health Histories Acute and Follow-up Care CharacteristicsBrown, Rebecca BSc1; Du Mont, Janice EdD2,3; Macdonald, Sheila RN, MN4,5,6; Bainbridge, Deidre NP-PHC, BScN4,5Author Information Author Affiliations:1Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto 2Women’s College Research Institute, Women’s College Hospital, 3Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, 4 Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital, 5Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and 6Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres in Ontario. The authors declares no conflict of interest. Correspondence: Rebecca Brown, BSc, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 790 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G1N6 Canada; E-mail: . Received August 18, 2012; accepted for publication November 28, 2012. Journal of Forensic Nursing: April/June 2013 - Volume 9 - Issue 2 - p 76-83 doi: 10.1097/JFN.0b013e31828106df Buy Metrics Abstract Sexual assault is a common and serious health issue that is underreported and has low follow-up rates. The myriad of psychological sequelae of sexual assault are well documented; however, there is a dearth of literature on the prevalence of preexisting mental health issues in survivors of sexual assault. This exploratory study compares victims seen at a sexual assault treatment center with and without preexisting self-reported mental health histories. The rates of preexisting mental illness in sexual assault victims are significant. Implications for clinical practice and research are discussed. © 2013 by the International Association of Forensic Nurses. All rights reserved.