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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161534
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Location of genital injury in women following sexual assault
Abstract:
Location of genital injury in women following sexual assault
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2001
Author:Sommers, Marilyn, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Cincinnati
Title:Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 249 Procter Hall, PO Box 670038, Cincinnati, OH, 45267-0038, USA
Contact Telephone:513.558.5268
Following sexual assault, a forensic examination is necessary to determine location and extent of injury, collect specimens for prosecution, and provide documentation of physical findings. We theorized that because of decreases in lubrication and increases in violence in forced intercourse as compared to consensual sex, women experienced identifiable genital injury. Past studies have identified genital trauma in approximately 70-90% of rape victims in the areas of the posterior fourchette, labia minora, hymen, and fossa navicularis. Significant methodological issues, however, existed with previous studies. The purpose of this study was to use colposcopy to determine the location and severity of genital injury in women following sexual assault. 336 women ages 14-94 were examined in the first 72 hours after sexual assault. They had a total of 249 injuries. The cervix was the location most frequently injured, with 6 tears, 14 instances of ecchymoses, 9 abrasions, 37 instances of redness, and 2 instances of swelling (total 68 injuries). Other locations frequently injured were the labia minora (54 injuries), posterior fourchette (34 injuries), vagina (33 injuries), and mouth (24 injuries). Descriptions of location and severity of injury have the potential to guide forensic examinations and assist in differentiation between consensual versus non-consensual sex.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLocation of genital injury in women following sexual assaulten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161534-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Location of genital injury in women following sexual assault</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Sommers, Marilyn, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Cincinnati</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 249 Procter Hall, PO Box 670038, Cincinnati, OH, 45267-0038, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">513.558.5268</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lynn.sommers@uc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Following sexual assault, a forensic examination is necessary to determine location and extent of injury, collect specimens for prosecution, and provide documentation of physical findings. We theorized that because of decreases in lubrication and increases in violence in forced intercourse as compared to consensual sex, women experienced identifiable genital injury. Past studies have identified genital trauma in approximately 70-90% of rape victims in the areas of the posterior fourchette, labia minora, hymen, and fossa navicularis. Significant methodological issues, however, existed with previous studies. The purpose of this study was to use colposcopy to determine the location and severity of genital injury in women following sexual assault. 336 women ages 14-94 were examined in the first 72 hours after sexual assault. They had a total of 249 injuries. The cervix was the location most frequently injured, with 6 tears, 14 instances of ecchymoses, 9 abrasions, 37 instances of redness, and 2 instances of swelling (total 68 injuries). Other locations frequently injured were the labia minora (54 injuries), posterior fourchette (34 injuries), vagina (33 injuries), and mouth (24 injuries). Descriptions of location and severity of injury have the potential to guide forensic examinations and assist in differentiation between consensual versus non-consensual sex.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:22:56Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:22:56Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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