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Analysis of clinical forensic examination reports on sexual assault.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20182738     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Medical-forensic examination of sexual assault victims and alleged offenders is a common task of many forensic institutes. In the current study, the results from samples taken at the Institute of Legal Medicine, Hanover Medical School, during a period from 2005 to 2007 were retrospectively evaluated. In total, 292 victims (283 females and nine males) and 88 suspects were examined. At the time of the assault, 41.8% of the victims and 43.2% of the alleged perpetrators were under the influence of alcohol. Injuries were found in 84.9% of the victims and 39.8% of the suspects. Thirty victims (10.3%) reported having been choked or strangled. Cytology was performed in 218 victims. In 81 cases (38.0%), sperm could be detected in vaginal swabs up to 3 days post-assault. In seven (18.9%) out of 37 anal samples, evidence of sperm could be found 24 h post-assault. None of 22 oral samples was positive for sperm. Out of 301 sexual assault cases, 171 could be proved by means of medical-forensic examination. In summary, our evaluation shows that an early medical-forensic examination of both victim and suspect can secure numerous medical findings. Furthermore, persons intoxicated by alcohol, handicapped persons and persons with psychiatric disorders are more vulnerable to become a sexual assault victim.
Stefanie Jänisch; Hildrun Meyer; Tanja Germerott; Urs-Vito Albrecht; Yvonne Schulz; Anette Solveig Debertin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-02-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of legal medicine     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1437-1596     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Legal Med.     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-15     Completed Date:  2010-07-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9101456     Medline TA:  Int J Legal Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  227-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hanover Medical School, Institute of Legal Medicine, Carl-Neuberg-Strasse 1, 30625, Hanover, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology
Amnesia / epidemiology
Anal Canal / cytology
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood,  urine
Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data
DNA / isolation & purification
DNA Fingerprinting
Ethanol / blood,  urine
Forensic Medicine
Middle Aged
Mouth / cytology
Narcotics / blood,  urine
Physical Examination
Retrospective Studies
Semen / cytology
Sex Offenses*
Vagina / cytology
Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 0/Narcotics; 64-17-5/Ethanol; 9007-49-2/DNA

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