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Assessing Patients for Sexual Violence: A guide for health care providers

General Material

This guide aims to build on those tools and encourage health care providers to conduct full assessments with patients to encourage interventions that provide adequate treatments and recommendations for survivors of sexual violence.</p><p><em>Excerpt:</em> _Sexual violence is a common experience in the lives of women and men. Current estimates suggest that one in six women and one in 33 men will experience attempted or completed rape (i.e., forced oral, anal, or vaginal penetration) in his or her lifetime (Tjaden & Thoennes, 1998). People who have been sexually victimized are more likely to suffer from chronic physical and mental health problems than those who have not been victimized, and believe that their health is fair or poor (Golding, Cooper, & George, 1997). Female survivors of sexual violence visit the doctor more often than women who have not been victimized (Rosenberg et al., 2000). Given the high rates of sexual violence and potential health impacts, it is therefore likely that most health care providers will come into contact with victims of sexual violence.