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The emergency management of a rape case in a nutshell: adolescent and adult cases

J M Kotzé, H Brits
South African Family Practice | Vol 59, No 6 : November/December| a4788 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 05 December 2017 | Published:

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J M Kotzé, University of the Free State, South Africa
H Brits, University of the Free State, South Africa

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The management of a rape case in the emergency department is shrouded in an unacceptable level of lack of confidence. Since South Africa has a high incidence of rape, the contribution of health practitioners in addressing the crime successfully is essential. The medical management of such cases carries a high level of uncertainty with an accompanying element of not feeling in control. The intimidation associated with the responsibility of being an expert witness complicates the matter further. This article attempts to address the reluctance to get involved in medico-legal cases and emphasises the holistic management of survivors of rape.

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S Afr Fam Pract 2017; DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2017.1280900


adolescent; adult; medical management; medico-legal; rape; sexual assault


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