Health professionals and sexual assault – some resources from CEHAT
These are some resources available from Centre for Enquiry into Health & Allied Themes (CEHAT)
Role of Health Systems in Responding to Sexual Assault – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of Health Professionals in responding to survivors of sexual assault?
Health professionals have a dual role to play in responding to survivors of sexual assault. Firstly, they are required to provide medical treatment and psychological care to survivors as sexual assault has short and long-term physical and psychological effects. Secondly, the health professional is required to perform a ‘medico-legal examination’. This entails accurate documentation, examination, collection of forensic evidence and provision of a medical opinion related to the assault, which can serve as evidence in the
court of law.