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Research Article(ISSN: 2637-4544)

Associated Factors with Sexual Assaults in A Gynaecology Emergency Department

Volume 3 - Issue 1

Baquedano Mainar L*, Alvarez Sarrado L, Rodriguez Solanilla B, Sanz Arenal A and Cebolla Gil

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    • Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, Miguel Servet University Maternity Hospital, Zaragoza, Spain

    *Corresponding author: Laura Baquedano Mainar, Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, Miguel Servet University Maternity Hospital, Zaragoza, Spain

Received: October 23, 2018;   Published: October 29, 2018

DOI: 10.32474/IGWHC.2018.03.000152

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Abstract

Objective: to study associated factors with sexual assaults suffered by patients attended in the Gynaecology Emergency Department in Miguel Servet University Maternity Hospital.

Methods: descriptive cross-sectional study of sexual assaults from October 2016 to April 2018 in Miguel Servet University Maternity Hospital.

Results: 52 cases of sexual assault were attended from 50 different women. The patient profile was: young woman, with an average age of 28 years old (24% were minors), attacked by penetration (57.7%), by a single assailant (80.8%), with no objective lesions in genitals (86.5%) nor other parts of the body (65.4%). 50% of the assaults took place during the week-end and 63.5% of the victims came to the Gynaecology Emergency Department in less than 24 hours from the incident. 75% of women reported the assault to the police.

Conclusion: patients were mostly young, without secondary physical lesions and assaulted with penetration by a single assailant. An appropriate coordination between health workers, the police, and forensic experts is fundamental to handle the situation properly.

Keywords: Sexual assault; Associated factors; Epidemiology; Emergency Department; Patient profile.

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