Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault

Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault is an invaluable resource that serves to educate medical professionals on the best practices for examining adult victims of sexual assault. Through the coverage of an expansive range of topics, from human trafficking to elder sexual abuse, this guide is an essential component of any medical library.

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A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals

Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault: A Resource for Clinicians and Related Professionals serves to familiarize readers with the forensic elements of an adult sexual assault examination. Covering a variety of topics, this text provides readers with essential information pertaining to rape, assault, sexual exploitation, and the examination findings of each.

Featuring chapters on elder sexual abuse, human trafficking, the sexual assault response team, and more, this textbook serves as a multidisciplinary resource for all professionals involved in the evaluation and investigation of sexual assault.

Features & Benefits:

  • Over 230 high-quality images
  • Comprehensive overview of assault for a variety of populations
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
Product Details:

Flexibound 10 x 7 inches with supplementary CD-ROM
512 pages, 238 images, 24 contributors


Nurse Examiners, OBGYN, Forensic Nurses, General Practitioners, Pediatricians, SANE/SAFE Nurses, Medical & Nursing Schools, ER Personnel, EMTs

Publication date:

November 2011


978-1-878060-11-2 (Print)
978-1-936590-22-3 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. History and Overview
2. Basic Anogenital Anatomy and Human Sexual Response
3. Body Injury and Dynamics of Sexual Assault
4. The Sexual Assault Exam: Components and Documentation
5. Biological Evidence: Collection and Use in Courtroom Testimony
6. Complications of Sexual Assault: STI and Pregnancy
7. Male Victims
8. Suspect Exams
9. Victim Impact and Recovery
10. Psychobiology of Trauma: Impact on Memory and Response
11. Education and Qualifications of the Sexual Assault Examiner
12. SART Operation
13. SART in the Military
14. Rape on Campus
15. Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault
16. Intimate Partner Violence
17. Human Trafficking
18. Elder Sexual Assault
19. Sexual Homicide
20. SANE-SART Evaluation

Linda E. Ledray, RN, PhD, SANE-A, FAAN

Linda Ledray is the founder and director of the Minneapolis-based Sexual Assault Resource Service (SARS), one of the first SANE programs, which she developed in 1977. SARS provides competent forensic-medical services to sexual assault survivors at seven hospital sites in Hennepin County, MN. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota where she has taught in the School of Nursing and the Psychology Department. She has been active in humanitarian relief missions to Honduras, Thailand, and Bosnia and she has taught nationally and internationally on the topic of victim assistance, SANE-SART program development, and program evaluation. Linda Ledray was on active duty mobilized at the 2nd General Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. She is the section editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, SANE section and has published many articles and books including Recovering from Rape (1994) and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide (1999).

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Ann Wolbert Burgess, DNSc, APRN, FAAN

Ann Burgess is an internationally recognized pioneer in the assessment and treatment of victims of trauma and abuse. She has received several honors for her work including the Sigma Theta Tau International Audrey Hepburn Award, the American Nurses’ Association Hildegard Peplau Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Laureate Award. Her research with victims began when she co-founded one of the first hospital-based crisis counseling programs at Boston City Hospital with Boston College sociologist, Lynda Lytle Holmstrom. Since then, she has worked with the FBI Academy special agents to study serial offenders and the links between child abuse, juvenile delinquency, and subsequent perpetration. Dr. Burgess has also studied young abuse victims and the impact of trauma on their physical and psychological development, their families, and communities. Her recent research includes studies in elder abuse in nursing homes, cyberstalking, and Internet sex crimes. She is currently a professor at the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing and teaches courses in victimology, forensic science, forensic mental health, case studies in forensics, and forensic science labs.

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Angelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD

Angelo Giardino is the medical director of Texas Children’s Health Plan, a clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and an attending physician for the Texas Children’s Hospital’s forensic pediatrics service at the Children’s Assessment Center in Houston, Texas. Angelo Giardino completed his residency and fellowship training in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Immediately after his fellowship training, Angelo Giardino became the assistant, and then the associate, medical director at Health Partners of Philadelphia, where he had primary responsibility for utilization management, intensive case management, and health care data analysis. He also shared responsibility for the plan’s quality improvement program. Additionally, he began the Child Abuse and Neglect Team for Children with Special Health Care Needs, which was funded by a three-year grant from a local philanthropy. In 1998, he was appointed associate chair of clinical operations in the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and in June of 1999 he was asked to chair the CHOP Quality Committee. These accomplishments are only a few of his career.

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4 Stars **** from Doody’s
Covering topics ranging from date rape and drug-facilitated assault to sexual homicide, Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault is part of the new Sexual Assault line from STM Learning. Written to expand on the information in the original Sexual Assault and to include multimedia resources, this new volume contains all new information by experts in the field. Armed with the vital knowledge contained within this volume, professionals working within medical, law enforcement, legal, social service, and other relevant fields would be able to confidentaly and knowledgably diagnose, treat, and help to prevent adult sexual assault.

Anna Jarrett, PhD, CNS, ACNP, BC
Washington Regional Medical Center

In Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault, Dr. Ledray leads the way for medical and allied health professionals to improve their medical care giving to this population. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, in 2007 there were 243,300 victims of adult sexual assault in the United States. This population has specific unmet needs, some of which can be met with the emergence into practice of the content knowledge from Dr. Ledray’s book. This text is comprehensive in scope, covering the history of specialization care, categorizations of victims of adult sexual assault with common threads for identification and treatment, and includes a chapter on evidence collection, preservation, and identification that will strongly support the legal machinations that must occur. This text should become a necessary and well-worn resource to medical professionals working with adult sexual assault victims.

Karyn E. Holt, CNM, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor
Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault is an outstanding text that mimics an encyclopedia as it covers a wide range of pertinent issues that include historical, medical, SANE, and legal perspectives. The book provides hard-to-find information about topics such as conducting a sexual assault examination, providing courtroom testimony, and identifying the complexities associated with crimes against vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and incarcerated. The seasoned contributors bring the content alive with their experience, anecdotes, and superb writing. This text is most worthy of some precious space on your bookshelf.

Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RNCS, SANE
Southeast Regional Coordinator
MA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
Boston, Massachusetts

The authors of Medical Response to Adult Sexual Assault provide an invaluable resource for the professionals who collaborate to provide services to victims of sexual assault. The range of chapters and the comprehensiveness with which each chapter is written demonstrates a complete and detailed understanding of the issues associated with sexual assault cases. The reader will find that reference and the use of this resource to be most rewarding. This superbly edited text by three of the most well-respected clinicians in the area of sexual assault will undoubtedly become a standard in educational settings across a diverse professional spectrum.

L. Kathleen Sekula, PhD, APRN-BC
Associate Professor
Director, Forensic Graduate Programs
School of Nursing
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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