Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, 2E, Vol. 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team

The first of a 3-volume set of sexual assault references, Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span, Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team is a complete investigative and diagnostic guide for anyone who is involved in the investigation of sexual assault, including first responders, medical and law professionals, and social service professionals.

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Sexual Assault Victimization Across the Life Span
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Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team

Sexual Assault Across the Life Span, Volume 1: Investigation, Diagnosis, and the Multidisciplinary Team serves as a resource for all multidisciplinary team members who may be involved in the investigation of sexual assault cases. The first of a 3-volume set of sexual assault references, this reference includes comprehensive medical guides for the diagnosis and treatment of assaultive trauma, legal direction for investigation and prosecution, and guidelines for the role of first responders.

Supplemented by nearly 200 full-color photographs, this title serves as a visual reference for professionals in the field. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge on diagnostic and investigative procedures in response to sexual assault, readers will benefit from the text’s comprehensive focus on a variety of interdependent disciplines.

Features & Benefits:

  • Over 190 high-quality images
  • Ideal for multidisciplinary use
  • Guidelines for every step of the sexual assault response
  • In-depth focus on evidence use and collection
Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11×8.5 inches
462 pages, 192 images, 38 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


978-1-936590-01-8 (Print)
978-1-936590-47-6 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Health Consequences of Sexual Trauma Across the Life Span
2. Anogenital Anatomy: Development, 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

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 L. Weaver, MD, FACEP, CDM 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 M. 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.
This volume discusses a variety of topics pertaining to sexual violence. The first few chapters function as an introduction to sexual assault and its impact on society. Several subsequent chapters pertain to evidence collection, testifying, and prehospital care, and provide overviews of the medical exam. This first volume presents quite a bit of material and some of it is covered in greater depth in the two subsequent volumes. There are quite a few full color pictures, which are invaluable for discussions of the medical exam. I especially like the discussion of SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) program development and its impact, as this is not discussed in all books on this topic.

Amy Stoesz, MD
Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center

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.

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

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.

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

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