Examining a victim of sexual assault

In crime cases the police and the doctor need to agree on the timing and aims of the examination. Acquaint yourself with the local practices. The physician should examine the victim as soon as possible after an alleged sexual offence. If the victim has already reported the offence to police, the police investigation should preferably be performed before the medical examination. If not yet done, encourage the victim to report the offence. The examination includes the documentation of all body injuries, genital examination, gynaecological investigation and taking forensic medical samples. If the victim is a minor, also contact the child protection authorities. Examining the victim of an incest, see Prevent pregnancy and infections. Provide counselling and arrange further care. Authorities or non-governmental organizations may have produced material that could be useful in the situation: use these.