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Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations

This document focuses on elements of immediate response that are the responsibility of health care providers—medical care for sexual assault patients and collection of evidence from them. It seeks to assist health care personnel in validating and addressing patients’ health concerns, minimizing the trauma patients may experience, promoting healing, and maximizing the collection and preservation of evidence from patients for potential use in the legal system. (A sexual assault medical forensic examination as described in this document addresses both evidence collection from patients and medical care for serious injuries). 

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