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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/no: The tissues examined during the genital exam heal & leave no obvious marker for rape or abuse. It may be evident that she has been sexually active & some sighs of rough sex may be found occasionally. An open discussion about sexual encounters or abuse would be worthwhile so resources for related problems could be identified. States have a variety of laws concerning abuse,mostly to minors ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 3 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
Forced intercourse: This unfortunate activity occurs when a partner forces the other member to have sex without their consent. Sometimes this is with the aid of drugs and alcohol, but other times the stronger partner forces the weaker to consent. It is technically illegal but difficult to prosecute since their are no witnesses and a strong embarrasment factor. ...Read more
Rapist: Although there are some situations or behaviors that put individuals at risk for being assaulted (being intoxicated around potential perpetrators is a major one), no one ever "causes" themselves to be raped. If you have been a victim of rape, please seek help immediately. You can start with the police, then call your local rape hotline, go to your nearest er if recently raped, or tell your doc. ...Read more
Why?: Have you been in a compromising situation before or maybe a friend or family member? Please speak to your doctor to discuss your feelings. Very important for you to be comfortable with yourself. Stay away from potential situations that you can not control. Good luck ...Read more
Absolutely: A four year old does not have the intelligence or understanding or physical strength to deal with a potential rapist, but does have a vagina which can be used for this purpose. Unfortunately a lot of these rapes occur within family units with predatory family members involved. There are specialists in children's hospitals in large cities who are trained to deal with this possibility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Checking for DNA : In addition to the care and comfort of the victim of a rape it is important to look for evidence which may lead to the capture of the perpetrator of this assault. The clothes may have evidence of body fluids which will contain dna which can lead to the identification of the person who committed the rape. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get help: I'm so sorry this happened to you. You are not going to be able to think clearly on your own right now. You need to get help: 24-hour confidential crisis line 800-670-7273 accessible from 925, 510, 415, 408, 707 and 650 area codes. http://www.cvsolutions.org best wishes. ...Read more