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Sexual Assault

What do Perinatal Nurses Need to Know?

Wisner, Kirsten PhD, RNC-OB, CNS, C-EFM

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 5 - p 296
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000553
ONGOING COLUMNS: Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Many women in the United States have experienced sexual violence. In a recent survey, nearly half of women have reported some type of contact sexual violence in their lifetime, and approximately one in five women reported an attempted or completed rape. Our maternity nursing expert, Dr. Wisner, offers advice on how to support women who have experienced sexual assault using trauma-informed care.

Kirsten Wisner is the Magnet Program Director at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Salinas, CA. Dr. Wisner can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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