Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Trop Med Int Health. 2014 Mar;19(3):342-7. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12249. Epub 2013 Dec 21.

Fear of the perpetrator: a major reason why sexual assault victims delayed presenting at hospital.

Author information

  • 1School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa; Newcastle Provincial Hospital, Newcastle, South Africa.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the reasons for presentation of sexual assault more than 72 h after the incidents at Newcastle Hospital, South Africa.

METHODS:

A retrospective analysis of 534 medical records of victims seen between 2005 and 2009 at the hospital's sexual assault service centre.

RESULTS:

Overall, 219 (41%) of the victims presented at the hospital more than 72 h after the alleged sexual assault, mainly for fear of the perpetrator (37.4%). Females constituted 87%, and rape with vaginal penetration was the most common form of sexual assault reported (74%). Tests of significance showed a positive association between fear of the perpetrator and delayed presentation at hospital. Age under 9 years and being scared of what relatives would say about alleged sexual assault were also associated with delayed presentation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Attention needs to be focused on educating society on the importance of reporting sexual assault incidents promptly in order for victims to benefit from appropriate medical treatment.

© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

KEYWORDS:

delayed presentation; fear of perpetrator; post‐exposure prophylaxis; sexual assault

PMID:
24372667
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Wiley
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk