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J Miss State Med Assoc. 1998 Oct;39(10):366-9.

Sexual assault: the physician's role in prevention and treatment.

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Department of Family Medicine, University of MS Medical Center, Jackson 39216, USA.


Rape is a crime which occurs to over 12 million women. It has a substantial impact on the physical, psychological and social health of the victim. It is defined as the carnal knowledge of a person forcibly and against their will and includes successful and unsuccessful assaults. In this sense, the terms rape and sexual assault are used interchangeably. Physicians should responsibly counsel patients when appropriate concerning prevention of sexual assault and should be knowledgeable about the acute medical and psychological management of a sexual assault victim, including the collection of evidence. This article provides basic information regarding examination, evidence collection and treatment.

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