US Legal, Social, Ethical, and Medical Perspectives on the Care of the Statutory Rape Adolescent in the ED

Tsai, S-L. et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Published online: 24 February 2017

Rapes involving adolescents who present to the emergency department (ED) are fraught with ethical and legal complexities and are often emotionally turbulent for patients, their families, and medical providers.

Management requires a thoughtful approach from multiple standpoints, including legal, psychosocial, ethical, and medical ones. However, there is no standardized sexual assault education for emergency medicine residents, and management practices vary widely.

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