Know the definition of sexual assault, both legally and colloquially.
Be prepared to diagnose and treat by protocol an acutely assaulted patient.
Maintain a chain of evidence for possible legal prosecution.
Appreciate the aspects of long-term follow-up of victims, including family-oriented intervention.
Recognize and diagnose the patients with unreported sexual assault—“the rape trauma syndrome.”
Be sensitive to the sexual innuendos of sexual assault. This includes the unique concerns of child sex abuse, incest, and homosexual assault.1
KeywordsSexual Assault Child Abuse Family Physician Child Sexual Abuse Venereal Disease
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