Fast Five Quiz: Addressing Sexual Assault

Richard H. Sinert, DO


May 08, 2019

As many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Treating patients who present after sexual assault can be challenging. The patient may be ashamed and unwilling to give a clear history of the assault at precisely the time when such history is critical for timely treatment and forensic documentation. The need for both treatment and evidence collection means that clinicians may simultaneously find themselves advocates for the patient and assistants to state and local law enforcement. It is vital to both the health of the patient and the well-being of society that medical professionals know how best to proceed in such cases.

Do you know best practices and key aspects of guidelines related to patients who have experienced sexual assault? Make sure you're prepared by taking this short quiz.