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date: 18 September 2020

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Given the high prevalence of sexual assault within both the general population and among college student samples, professionals working in a wide range of medical and mental health care settings should be prepared to address the acute and long-term physical and psychological consequences of sexual assault. It is also important to be aware of the prevalence and service needs among victims of sexual assault who seek acute medical care. This chapter reviews data regarding the prevalence and characteristics of rape and sexual assault, approaches to assessing sexual assault history, acute and long-term victim concerns and consequences associated with rape, access to and utilization of post-assault medical care and other agency services, and prevention and early intervention approaches that may be implemented in the medical setting.

Keywords: rape, sexual assault, post-rape medical care, PTSD, substance abuse

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