Medical Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations: What Are They and What Can They Tell the Courts?

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June 1, 2013

Inaccurate assumptions about medical evidence in adult victim sexual assault trialsundermine fairness in the justice system. These trials bring with them expectations about the kinds of injuries “real” victims sustain, the kind of medical evidence that will beoffered, who will present it, and what the medical evidence can “prove”.

This curriculum provides accurate information about the purposes and processes of medical forensic sexual assault examinations and what they can and cannot “prove.” It also explores some of the legal issues these examinations raise for judicial resolution

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  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program

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