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Rape Injuries And Wounds
The usual first: responders are ER docs, but from there it varies. General injuries can be handled by a GP but if there are specific genito-urinary trauma(s), an OB-GYN might be good. A rape exam is a good idea if the woman can handle it, to gather evidence for future legal proceedings. After the shorter-term medical treatments, consider a psychologist or psychiatrist. Rape creates huge psychological stres ...Read more
A wound is when there is loss of tissue from external causes such as a knife wound gunshot wound or bite wound. Ulcers occur from internal causes venous ulcer, stomach ulcer, pressure ulcer. Injury refers to conditions that affects the tissues of our bodies in a detrimental fashion. Injuries need not cause skin breaks to cause damage tot he tissues. Wounds are injuries, not ...Read more
As a child i was molested and remember little of it, I am abstinent and i think I have a tear in my cervix all healed now, can it be from rape?
Memories of abuse: I am very sorry to hear this from you, but also appreciate your curiosity and courage to tackle this now. Yes, it is very possible to have scars from abuse that happened to you as a child. Your gynecologist should be made aware of this so that your exam can be done under the best and safest of environments. You may want to include a therapist in this process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I don't understand!they forced me to have an exam right after i got raped because i'm a minor? So stripping me and holding me down is going to help?
Re-traumatizing: I'm sorry to read that after you were sexually traumatized that you experienced an additional negative experience in the hospital. I suspect that they needed evidence from your attack to prosecute whoever hurt you. Even if that were the reason it could still be very hurtful to you. Please find a psychologist or other therapist who works with sexual trauma. Look here: http://www.Rainn.Org/get-help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get to an ER Now.: A pelvic exam will reveal if semen is present, and that can be used for DNA and STD testing. It's important to be as detailed as you can in describing the scenario as this will help the authorities. It's difficult to put yourself through this, but remember if you have been victimized, you are probably not the first or last person who has or will be hurt. Protect others as you get help for yourself ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May be depressed: If you have no objective reason to be worried about this and have not been a victim in the past, then you may be depressed. You should discuss this with a doctor or mental health professional. And if you have been a victim, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, and should see someone for that reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Self induced pain: Self-induced pain to relieve mental or somatic pain is common. Apprarently one type of pain can block out another pain. Another reason is related to dissociation, derealization. Self induced pain helps some people get reconnected to reality and their own body. Rape is a traumatic event that can lead to mental anguish, depression, dissociation, etc. The post-traumatic stress syndrome is treatable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Let her lead the way: Hopefully she has already gotten professional help. If not she should. Be very thoughtful and understanding when it comes to any type of sexual activity. Let her lead the way. Get informed about rape victims and how their lives are affected. Be honest about the fact you can't completely understand the full effects on her life and emotions of the rape. Tell her you will help her any way you can. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rape: If raped in a developing country, the help provided would depend on the medical system available to you in that country. Or, if you're in the military or civil service, what medical care comes through those systems. These situations may differ markedly. Many who are raped (both males & females) do not tell about their experiences. This could result in higher risk of ptsd later. ...Read more
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