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what is a sane test and what do they do during one? i know that its a sexual abuse test but what exactly is it? where can i get more information on it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. I believe you are describing a competency evaluation which is sometimes used if a lawyer plans to make an insanity defense. Although there is likely to be an inquiry about past sexual abuse, it certainly is not limited to this. It is normally a very comprhensive evaluation which includes psychological testing. It if often used to determine if a person knew right from wrong when they committed a crime, to determine if they have a severe mental disorder and to see if they are able to intelligently cooperate with their attorney. You could probably google the subject, but i don't know if will give you the exact evaluation template that an evaluator would use.
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
The internet has inf: A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a qualification for forensic nurses who have received special training to conduct sexual assault evidentiary exams for rape victims. SANE nurses are trained in the medical, psychological, and forensic exam of a sexual assault victim. will include a pelvic exam and sample taking.[PDF] A National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical ncjrs.gov › pdf

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A 53-year-old member asked:

Are there any good medications that help with coping with a bad sexual abuse situation in the past?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Maybe: There are some medications that help with symptoms of ptsd, like ssri's (prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) etc) but these only help with some symptoms, like moodiness, being too panicky and general anxiety. Some medications help with nightmares, like some blood pressure medications (prazosin, clonidine) but little else. However, therapy can help all those symptoms and can even cure them if done correctly.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any good medications used commonly to help with ptsd associated with sexual abuse?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Maybe: Medications that help ptsd in general will help it regardless of the cause of the trauma. Sexual trauma requires a good deal of additional psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy in many sufferers.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Psychotherapy remains the best treatment for PTSD but medications like the SSRIs (like Zoloft, Prozac or Lexapro) can take the edge off
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is this sexual abuse if I flirt with my students?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
No, it is stupidity: Why on earth would you want to flirt with them, even more so if they are under age. It could also mget you fired. Flirtation is for outside school and hopefully withindividuals over 18 years.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Sexual abuse and repressed memories? Are repressed memories real, and how would one know?

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Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Yes and no: There is no single answer to cover every situation. While memories of trauma may surface years later. The problem with old memories is that they can be affected and changed by time, attitudes, other memories, and other events. A competent therapist will help you process trauma, reduce symptoms and increase strengths. The accuracy of old memories is the subject of the repressed memory debate.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do you think about sexual abuse exisiting only in repressed memories?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Not true: This is a controversial topic. My experience has been that some sexual victims repress some memories (sometimes all memories) of the abuse, while others don't. The major problem in this area occurs when poorly trained (or overly eager) therapists work too hard to find "repressed" memories and encourage patients to fabricate memories of abuse from vague recollections.

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