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23 - Sexualassault

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 August 2013

Paula Briggs
Affiliation:
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Gabor Kovacs
Affiliation:
Monash University, Victoria
John Guillebaud
Affiliation:
University College London
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Summary

This chapter presents three case scenarios on sexual assault. The first scenario deals with marital rape, second with child sexual abuse, and third with protective contraception. The chapter covers several aspects of sexual assault such as law, disclosure of sexual assault, confidentiality, injuries and vicarious trauma. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 is the basis of the legal terms relating to sexual assault referred to in this book. When a patient discloses that they have been a victim, the doctor must consider what duty they have to maintain confidentiality balanced against any requirements to share information. In dealing with sexual assault cases it is probably worth noting that most complainants will have few if any injuries. Any injuries present are likely to be of a minor nature that will heal rapidly leaving no trace. Dealing with victims, hearing their accounts and the ramifications of the assaults can be harrowing.
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Contraception
A Casebook from Menarche to Menopause
, pp. 212 - 225
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2013

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