Emergency department management of the sexual assault victim

Marc E. Kobernick, Steven Seifert, Arthur B. Sanders

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The optimal management of the sexual assault victim involves a multidisciplinary effort on the part of all legal, police, medical, and support personnel who interface in the emergency department. History, general physical examination, and pelvic examination are performed methodically, keeping in mind that the primary goal is to tend to the patient's medical needs. The gathering of evidence proceeds simultaneously with the physical examination. Evidence to be obtained and techniques are reviewed. Treatment entails attention to physical injuries, potential venereal disease and pregnancy, and psychiatric intervention. Management of the male rape victim or child victim of sexual abuse requires special attention to the peculiarities of those problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-214
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985


  • child sexual abuse
  • male rape victim
  • rape
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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