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Identifying and treating adult survivors of sexual assault

Wellman, Ashley PhD

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants: May 2014 - Volume 27 - Issue 5 - p 51–52
doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000446222.55059.92
Special Topics in Behavioral Medicine

ABSTRACT About 18% of women and 3% of men report being a victim of sexual assault, but fewer than one-third of victims seek immediate medical attention or psychological counseling. Over time, victims may experience physical and emotional reactions and turn to primary care providers, who should be prepared to identify survivors of sexual assault and provide thoughtful referrals for long-term follow-up.

Ashley Wellman is an assistant professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

Roy A. Borchardt, PA-C, PhD, department editor

© 2014 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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