Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, 2E Bundle

Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second Edition comprises 3 volumes of the most up-to-date information on sexual assault investigation, evaluation, and prosecution. Each book addresses a unique perspective on sexual assault, including the role of the multidisciplinary team, care for specific age groups, and the needs of special victim populations.

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Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span
Second Edition
3-Volume Set

The 3-volume second edition of Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span is an essential reference for sexual assault responders, instructing readers on the best practices in physical examination, documentation, history-taking, evidence collection, and sexual assault prosecution.

  • Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team serves as a complete guide to the basics of a sexual assault investigation, including diagnosis and treatment of assaultive trauma, investigation, prosecution, and the roles of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Volume 2: Evaluation of Children and Adults focuses on sexual assault survivors in specific age groups. This includes chapters on child sexual abuse as well as chapters on sexual assault against adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
  • Volume 3: Special Settings and Survivor Populations addresses the particular needs of special survivor populations and survivors in unusual or otherwise unique settings. This includes survivors in assisted-living facilities, academic institutions, correctional facilities, and natural and man-made disasters.

Features & Benefits:

  • More than 600 high-quality photographs and illustrations
  • Written by 75 expert contributors
  • Comprehensive reference for the multidisciplinary team
Product Details:

Vol 1 : 462 pages, 192 images, 38 contributors
Vol 2 : 344 pages, 253 images, 26 contributors
Vol 3 : 260 pages, 194 images, 17 contributors


Physicians, Emergency Physicians, Pediatricians, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners, Forensic Nurse Examiners, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Emergency Nurses, Pediatric Nurses, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement Personnel, Social Workers, Victim Advocates, College and Medical Library Administrators

Publication date:

January 2017


978-1-936590-20-9 (e-books)

Table of Contents

Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team
1. Health Consequences of Sexual Trauma Across the Life Span
2. Anogenital Anatomy: Developmental, Normal, Variant, and Healing
3. Cultural and Linguistic Aspects of Gender-Based Violence
4. Informed Consent and Sexual Assault
5. Bite Mark Evidence
6. Forensic Serology: Current and Emerging Technologies
7. Evidence Collection From Victims of Sexual Violence
8. Differential Diagnosis of Child Sexual Abuse
9. Verbal Evidence: Testifying in Court
10. International Systems Response to Sexual Violence
11. SANE/SART History and Role Development
12. Evaluating Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs: Effectiveness in Multiple Domains
13. Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Approach to the Medical Examination of Child and Adolescent Victims
14. Forensic Examination of the Sexual Assault Suspect
15. Role of EMS Prehospital Care Providers
16. Law Enforcement Issues
17. The Role of Police as First Responders
18. Legal Issues in Sexual Assault From a Prosecutor’s Perspective

Volume 2: Evaluation of Children and Adults
1. Overview of Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Exploitation
2. Sexually Transmitted Infections in Sexually Abused Children
3. Screening for and Treatment of Sexual Abuse Histories in Boys and Male Adolescents
4. Dating Violence in Teens and Young Adults
5. Overview of Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault
6. The Evaluation of the Adult Sexual Assault Victim
7. Adult Male Sexual Assault
8. Sexual Assault Among Older Adults
9. Sexually Transmitted Infections and Pregnancy Prophylaxis in Adolescents and Adults
10. Forensic Issues in Caring for the Adult Sexual Assault Victim
11. The Team Approach to Caring for Patients Who Have Experienced Alcohol- and/or Drug Facilitated Sexual Abuse

Volume 3: Special Settings and Survivor Populations
1. Sexual Assault and Abuse of Children With Disabilities: An Evolving Future
2. Sexual Assault and Abuse in Persons With Disabilities: A Life Span Approach
3. Sexual Assault and Abuse in LGBTQ Populations
4. Sexual Violence Among College Students: Prevalence, Risk Factors, Consequences, and Promising Practices for Prevention
5. Sexual Violence in Correctional Settings
6. Sexual Assault and Abuse in the United States Military
7. Sexual Assault and Abuse in Tribal Jurisdictions
8. Sexual Assault and Abuse in Rural Populations
9. Workplace Sexual Assault
10. Sexual Assault, Trauma, and Violence During Disasters

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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Diana Faugno, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1973 with a degree in nursing and obtained an MSN in 2006. Her professional experience includes nursing in the Medical/Surgical, Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics, and Neonatal Intensive Care departments. Ms. Faugno obtained her certification in pediatric nursing in 1990, began a career as a sexual assault nurse examiner in 1991, and became a certified sexual assault nurse examiner in 2002. She is the former director of Forensic Health Services, which includes a child abuse program, sexual assault team, and a family violence program in North San Diego County. Currently, Ms. Faugno is a board director for End Violence Against Women International. She has made several presentations to the scientific community and has led workshops on sexual assault presented at the American Academy of Science.

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Mary J. Spencer, MD

Mary Spencer is medical director of the Child Abuse Program and the Sexual Abuse Response Team at Palomar-Pomerado Health in North San Diego County. She received her BA from the University of Colorado and MD from the University of California-Los Angeles. After medical school, Mary Spencer completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at UCLA and worked as an assistant professor at the school until 1982. Currently, she is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California-San Diego and has a private practice in pediatric and infectious disease medicine in Escondido.

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Michael L. Weaver, MD, FACEP, CDM

Michael Weaver has served as Medical Director for St. Luke’s Hospital’s Sexual Assault Treatment Center in Kansas City, Missouri, since 1980. The program has expanded throughout the St. Luke’s Health System’s eleven hospitals and has evolved into a full Clinical Forensic Care Program addressing the needs of elderly abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence patients. St. Luke’s established the first private Sexual Assault Treatment Center in the country and was part of the first and largest Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRT) program in 1974. He is currently Medical Director of their SANE program, a founding member of the Kansas City Interdisciplinary Response to Sexual Assault (KCIRSA), and a board member of EVAW International. He is also a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians task force that developed and published the “Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient.” He has lectured for several organizations including the National College of District Attorneys; participated in the video “Presenting Medical Evidence at Trial” developed by the Department of Justice, National Judicial Education Program; and worked with the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women to develop “A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations Adult/Adolescence.” He recently received recognition from the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department for his efforts to improve care of sexual assault victims, and in 2005, he was awarded the “Visionary Award” from the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). He is the also the Medical Director of the multidisciplinary 7th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference, addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, child and elderly abuse education from the crime scene to the courtroom.

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Patricia Speck is an internationally recognized family nurse practitioner who specializes in public health and forensic nursing. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing and later completed her doctoral dissertation on sexual assault program evaluation. As a board certified family nurse practitioner, Patricia’s clinical practice focuses on the health aftermath of violence and her research centers on forensic nursing practice topics. She is a consultant, author, and lecturer on forensic nursing and has earned more than 20 local, national, and international awards and professional honors for her work. Patricia chairs the American Public Health Association’s Family Violence Forum and is a former president of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

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4 Stars **** from Doody’s
These three volumes are highly valuable for anyone in a field that treats victims of sexual assault or violence. They are comprehensive with up-to-date literature references. Contributors are from varied fields and provide a good range of perspectives.

Amy Stoesz, MD
Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center

The second edition of Sexual Assault Victimization: Across the Life Span is a comprehensive, evidence-based collection of resource material for the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) written by experts in the field of forensic medicine and nursing. Chapters address the holistic health needs of the sexual assault patient. Chapters of particular interest for the SANE include those addressing the medical forensic exam and evidence collection. Several chapters address the sensitive needs of special populations such as children, the elderly, victims of gender-based violence, and male patients. The chapters are well written, with attention to detail and current research. There are a plethora of case studies and photographs to illustrate the key points in chapters. Each chapter ends with discussion questions, challenging readers to thoughtfully consider adoption into their practice. These books are a must-have for SANEs and SANE programs.

Ann Adlington, MS, BSN, RN, SANE-A
South Region SANE Coordinator
Advocate Health Care
Hazel Crest, Illinois

Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second Edition is an expansive, thorough 3-volume resource for medical professionals and multidisciplinary partners working on behalf of sexual assault victims. Unique to this collection is the focus on evidence-based investigation, diagnosis, evaluation, and the needs of special populations. One author highlights the complex need for understanding the cultural background and semantic/linguistic nuances essential to a compassionate approach to sexual assault victims. Others emphasize the critical importance of a thoughtful, trauma-informed approach to the victim, underscored by a core principle—“Start by believing.”—which may be the key to safe disclosure, participation in a medical forensic evaluation, and cooperation with investigation and prosecution, all of which enhances the likelihood of justice for victims. Each chapter includes current foundational information, clearly delineated lists of symptoms or suggestions, and discussion questions. This should be a go-to reference for sexual assault response team partners in health care, criminal justice, and victim advocacy.

Eugenia Barr, PhD, LMFT-S
Eugenia Barr Counseling and Consulting, LLC
Denison, Texas

Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second Edition is a comprehensive text that will be a valuable resource for all health care providers involved in the evaluation and management of sexual assault victims. The full, 3-volume set consists of 39 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of sexual assault, including assault of boys and male adolescents, persons with disabilities, and assault among LGBTQ populations. Chapters are comprehensive and detailed. Of particular value are the sections referred to as “Tips from the Bench,” that include comments beyond the medical assessment that may have relevance to child protective services, law enforcement, and mental health providers. In addition, each chapter starts off with a section designated “Purpose of the Chapter” that sets the agenda for the chapter, followed by the chapter’s learning objectives. This book will serve as an invaluable guide to those who care for sexual assault victims.

Carol D. Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Executive Vice Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Chapter 1, “Overview of Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Exploitation” is the perfect synopsis of the history of sexual assault and abuse across the life span. Regardless of their background, multidisciplinary team members can glean critical knowledge from the text, which explains the history of sexual assault and child protection laws in the United States and across the world. The chapter “Sexually Transmitted Infections in Sexually Abused Children” concisely covers the epidemiology of the major STIs in children, testing methods, implications of the results, and treatment options. Diagnosing sexual abuse is intrinsically challenging but this chapter provides an exceptional overview for clinicians, while citing outstanding references. “Screening for and Treatment of Sexual Abuse Histories in Boys and Male Adolescents” provides tools to appropriately care for these children. The authors discuss evidence-based research regarding trends in child sexual abuse and highlight slight but important differences between young male and female victims.

Laurie Charles, MSN, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P
Clinical Assistant Professor
Forensic Health Care
Texas A&M College of Nursing
Bryan, Texas

The new Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Second Edition is a must-have resource for those who care for or respond to victims of sexual assault and abuse. There are several essential texts that I recommend programs consider keeping close at hand for reference, and this book is one of them. SANE programs and multidisciplinary collaborative team members should consider this for their professional bookshelves and libraries. It provides crucial information on the range of issues that may have potential impact on sexual assault victims of all ages. Included in this new edition are critical issues sexual assault examiners and the entire response team can tackle together as they work to provide competent, ethical, patient-focused care. These issues can impact the long-term health and well-being of their patients and ultimately the safety of their communities.

SAFE Technical Assistance Project Director
International Association of Forensic Nurses
Elkridge, Maryland

Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span is an intricate and comprehensive compendium of information on all aspects of sexual assault. The breadth and depth of information is exceptional—from detailing the responsibilities of prosecutors and sexual abuse examiners, to a discussion of workplace sexual assault, and issues of dealing with sexual abuse in children with disabilities. This 3-volume compilation should be a mandatory resource in any organization engaged in any facet of sexual assault response or for anyone who wants a resource that deals with any or all of the multiple aspects of sexual abuse. The logical, functional structure of the volumes dividing the subject into investigation, evaluation of children and adults, and lastly, a volume on special settings and survivor populations greatly enhances the ease of using this material.

Theodore N. Hariton, MD, FACOG
Forensic Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists
Life Fellow of the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society
North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
American Academy of Forensic Scientists
Tuscon, Arizona

Forensic nurses must command knowledge of many variables, including a wide array of patient traits, types of physical and emotional trauma, and appropriate treatment options. Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span provides a rare combination of intricate procedural detail while maintaining an easy-to-follow tone that is instantly valuable to seasoned practitioners as well as professionals just gaining familiarity with the complexities inherent to sexual assault exams. Topics ranging from exam procedures to tips on preparing for testimony in court are readily accessible through the quick reference format. The text goes beyond theoretical ideas and definitions, providing step-by-step instructions for techniques to identify causality factors and detailed procedures for delivering appropriate treatment. This is a “one-stop shop” for current best practices that any professional associated with the sexual assault response community can instantly put into practical use.

Sarah L. Pederson, BSN, RN, SANE-A
SANE Coordinator
Rape Crisis Center
Marietta, Georgia

The new second edition of Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span is an important contribution to the field of sexual assault and violence. It is probably the leading textbook in the field, and it is a must-have for all medical professionals who care for victims of sexual violence. The beauty of the book is that it truly covers victims across the life span and provides guidance and tools to address the needs of all survivors. The text is logically organized into 3 volumes: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team, Evaluation of Children and Adults, and Special Settings and Survivor Populations. Each chapter contains key points highlighting important concepts and principles for the benefit of the reader.

Ralph Riviello, MD, MS, FACEP
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations
Department of Emergency Medicine
Drexel University
Medical Director
Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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