Consequences of rape and sexual assault are far-reaching. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Psychological harm
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Self-harm or suicide ideation, plan or acts
    • Sleeping difficulties
  • Physical harm
    • Exposure to blood-borne viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis B
    • Exposure to sexually transmitted infections
    • Pregnancy
  • Social harms
    • Relationship and sexual difficulties
    • Time off work or education
    • Destruction of sense of community and safety

Learning bite

Physical trauma is often associated with sexual assault6. When risk-stratifying each patient, remember to assess for non-urogenital trauma.

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