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If a girl has to go to the gynecologists for the first time, she's 18, can they tell if she was sexual abused and raped? Do they have to report it?
No: Sexual abuse and rape needs to be reported. One must see the gynecologist right away to detect the changes caused by rape or sexual abuse. Sometimes, child sexual abuse like genital mutilation can be detected anytime. Anyway, one should not suffer in silence in this day and age. Everyone must be treated with respect. It is time to break your silence. Your doctor will help guide you. ...Read more
Is it possible for a gynecoligist to know if you've been raped upon examination if rape was within two weeks (what about 6 months or more)?
Get seen now: If you believe you were given a sedative and your date took advantage of you, call your physician now and ask for advice. If you are under the care of a therapist who is trying to elicit a forgotten memory to try to explain any of a variety of emotional difficulties, get a second opinion as to the appropriateness of this inquiry. If the situation is something else, your physician is your guide. ...Read more
It is never easy: I am sorry you had to go through being raped. It is hard to tell people, but if they care about you, they would want to know and support you through the painful process of recovery. Ask to speak with them in private and let them know that you need them to listen and believe you. Often even those who love you will not want to believe that something so terrible could happen. ...Read more
Seek assistance: If one believes they have been drugged and raped, the first thing to do is get medical attention - maybe going immediately to an er for a rape kit to be performed. This may help answer the quesiton and important evidence may be gathered. Gathering anything the drug may have been in may also help with the forensics. In terms of trauma, asap speak to a rape crisis counselor or clinical psychologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not wise: First you should go to a physician, explain what occurred and be thoroughly tested for stds and pregnancy. Then, it would be highly advisable to seek counseling. This should be either from a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Do not rely upon a religious leader although they can provide supplementary support. Proving what happened may be difficult. The legal system is not gentle. ...Read more