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Med J Aust. 2003 Mar 3;178(5):226-30.

Management of acute adult sexual assault.

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Princess Alexandra Sexual Health, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba, Queensland 4102, Australia.


An estimated 13% of women and 3% of men worldwide report sexual assault in their lifetime. Although managing sexual assault may appear daunting, some victims want medical care only. After disclosure, discuss forensic assessment. If a complaint to the police is possible, give the first dose of emergency contraception if required, and refer for forensic assessment. If medical care only is desired, determine the timing and type of assault and current contraception, manage general and genital injuries and perform relevant tests. After unprotected vaginal rape, offer emergency contraception, chlamydia prophylaxis and vaccination against hepatitis B virus. Counselling is important for all victims of sexual assault, as psychosocial consequences are more common than physical injuries. Management by a sympathetic, non-judgmental health practitioner helps the victim to regain control.

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