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Trauma Violence Abuse. 2007 Jul;8(3):270-80.

Defining patterns of genital injury from sexual assault: a review.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, USA.

Abstract

The forensic examination following rape has two primary purposes: to provide health care and to collect evidence. Physical injuries need treatment so that they heal without adverse consequences. The pattern of injuries also has a forensic significance in that injuries are linked to the outcome of legal proceedings. This literature review investigates the variables related to genital injury prevalence and location that are reported in a series of retrospective reviews of medical records. The author builds the case that the prevalence and location of genital injury provide only a partial description of the nature of genital trauma associated with sexual assault and suggests a multidimensional definition of genital injury pattern. Several of the cited studies indicate that new avenues of investigation, such as refined measurement strategies for injury severity and skin color, may lead to advancements in health care, forensic, and criminal justice science.

PMID:
17596344
PMCID:
PMC3142744
DOI:
10.1177/1524838007303194
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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