Male Help-Seeking after Sexual Assault: A Series of Case Studies Informing Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Practice

Carolyn M. Porta, Ellen Johnson, Cris Finn

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Abstract

Background A series of three composite case studies of cisgender men who presented to an emergency department for care after experiencing a sexual assault are presented. These cases show common assault characteristics including substance use, force, and multiple perpetrators. Methods We describe the sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) findings and treatment and provide legal details of specific cases when available. Results These case reports highlight common challenges to help-seeking and the primary reasons these male victims overcame the barriers to seek care. Discussion SANEs are encouraged to provide consistent care to all sexual assault patients, regardless of gender. SANEs have an obligation to educate peers and broader society about sexual assault prevention and to advocate for policies that encourage help-seeking when a sexual assault has occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-111
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of forensic nursing
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

Keywords

  • Case study
  • forensic nursing
  • male
  • male victims
  • sexual assault
  • sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE)

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