Sexual Assault Victim Examination

  • Beverly A. Poelstra


Sexual assault is defined as a threat of or actual sexual contact with or without penetration without the willing consent of the victim, whether by threat of physical force, psychological pressure, or facilitation by the use of alcohol or drugs [1]. Rape is considered an act requiring forced penetration of the mouth, genitals, or anus by the offender where the force is either physical or psychological [2]. One in six American women is a victim of sexual assault. In 2004–2005, there were an average of 200,780 victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Of these women, 44% were under the age of 18 [3]. The rate of rape and sexual assault has fallen by more than half, although a large percentage of cases still go unreported [4].


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Web Sites

  1. Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS):
  2. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs:

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Emergency MedicineUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New JerseyNewarkUSA
  2. 2.The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University HospitalNew BrunswickUSA

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