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Defining patterns of genital injury from sexual assault: A review

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dc.contributor.author Sommers, M. S.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-05T21:26:21Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-05T21:26:21Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Sommers, M. S. (2007). Defining patterns of genital injury from sexual assault: A review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 8(3), 270-280 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3142744/
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1929
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Trauma, Violence, & Abuse en_US
dc.subject forensic examination en_US
dc.subject genital injury en_US
dc.subject medical examination en_US
dc.subject sexual abuse en_US
dc.title Defining patterns of genital injury from sexual assault: A review en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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