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NCJ Number: 121268 Find in a Library
Title: Standard Recommended Procedures for the Emergency Treatment of Sexual Assault Victims
Corporate Author: Michigan State Police
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan State Police
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These recommended procedures for the emergency treatment of sexual assault victims are intended to assist Michigan hospitals to minimize the physical and psychological trauma to sexual assault victims, to maximize the probability of collecting and preserving the physical evidence for potential use in the legal system, and to address issues of current controversy surrounding the collection of medical and physical evidence in such cases.
Abstract: The procedures presented cover the protocol for adult sexual assault victims. General information addresses the importance of sensitivity to victim needs, with attention to the special needs of the elderly victim, the disabled victim, and the male victim. After outlining the initial law enforcement response, the treatment plan is described. It encompasses facility, transfer, intake, reporting, support personnel, and victim/patient consent for examination and treatment. The protocol for the evidentiary and medical examinations addresses attending personnel and procedures. Aspects of evidence collection documentation discussed are packaging, preserving the integrity of evidence, the importance of spermatozoa and semen, clothing evidence, swabs and smears, bitemark and hair evidence, and whole blood and saliva specimens. Other procedures pertain to medical examination documentation, release of evidence, and post-examination information. Information is provided on sexually transmitted diseases. Appended forms and contents of rape evidence kit.
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Evidence collection; Medical evaluation; Michigan; Rape evidence kits
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