Review of 212 individuals attending a city centre genitourinary medicine clinic following acute sexual assault

J Clin Forensic Med. 2006 May;13(4):186-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcfm.2006.02.011. Epub 2006 Mar 27.


A retrospective case note review of 212 individuals (190 women) attending a city-centre Genitourinary Medicine clinic between 1/4/2002 and 31/3/2004 following an acute sexual assault. Direct referral by the Forensic Medical Examiner to the dedicated weekly clinic for victims of sexual assault facilitated the attendance of 55/113 attending the dedicated clinic. The 99 individuals who did not disclose a recent assault as the reason for attendance were seen at routine clinics. One third of individuals attending the dedicated clinic were less than 16 years old, reflecting the facilitated referral pathway. Those attending the dedicated clinic were more likely to be offered the extended service outlined in the departmental protocol. Twenty four sexually transmitted infections were detected in 23 (11%) individuals but 23/24 could have been acquired during other recent consensual sexual activity. Overall, the assailant was known to the victim in 53% cases, there was an allegation of violence associated with the assault in 20%, suspicion of a drug facilitated ('spiked drink') assault in 24% and admission of alcohol intoxication in 11% cases. The 22/212 (10%) who were male were more likely to present to a routine clinic.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Rape / statistics & numerical data*
  • Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / prevention & control