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J Forensic Leg Med. 2013 May;20(4):189-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2012.09.009. Epub 2012 Oct 17.

A review of drug-facilitated sexual assault evidence: an Irish perspective.

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Chemical Pathology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland.


Drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) is prevalent in Western society. There is a significant degree of confusion regarding the definition and prevalence of DFSA. It is a subject with medical, scientific and legal aspects. These facets are explored in this review through a detailed examination of published data. The legal issues are defined in the context of the Irish judicial system. Several key case-law studies are presented to aid in understanding unresolved difficulties that persist in this complex field of forensics. The aim of this paper is to aid individuals from disparate disciplines to increase their evidence base in the complex and evolving issue of DFSA.

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