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This module outlines the presentation, procedures, and nursing care of sexual assault cases that present to the emergency department.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Know how to respond to a victim of sexual assault in your emergency department
  • Follow your institution’s protocol
  • Identify the triage level of the patient
  • Describe the nursing assessment process of sexual assault patient


American College of Emergency Physicians. (1999). Evaluation and Management of the Sexually Assaulted or Sexually Abused Patient. Dallas. Electronic copy:

Girardin, Barbara; Faugno, Seneski, Patty; Slaughter, Laura; Whelan, Margaret. (1997). Color Atlas of Sexual Assault. USA: Mosby.

Ledray, Linda E. (2000). Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Development and Operation Guide. US: Sexual Assault Resource Service, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs.

RCMP. (2006). Sexual Assault Examination Kit.

Sheridan, Daniel J., MS, RN. (1993). The Role of the Battered Woman Specialist. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 31 (11), 31-37.

South–East Regional Health Authority. (2005). SANE Policies and Procedures Manual, Emergency Department Policies and Procedures Manual.

Speck, P. (1999). Sexual Assault. In Sheehy, S. & Pisarcik-Lenehan, G. (Eds), Manual of Emergency Care (5th ed.) (pp. 563-573). St Louis: Mosby.

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