Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sexual Abuse Evaluation

The evaluation of a sexual assault victim must address the physical, psychological and legal aspects of the assault. This requires a detailed history and physical examination, as well as the collection of forensic evidence.

A victim of a sexual assault requires an urgent evaluation. The victim must not change clothes, bathe, or brush the teeth before the evaluation. if the clothes have been changed, place clothes in a paper bag for the police; do not use a plastic bag.

An examination of a sexual assault victim may be performed by:

Physical findings in a sexual assault victim include:

Tests that may be used to evaluate a sexual assault victim may include:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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