Article

Medico-legal documentation of rape or sexual assault: are community-service doctors equipped for the task?

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 60, issue 1, 2018 , pages: 8–12
DOI: 10.1080/20786190.2017.1348046
Author(s): L FouchéDivision of Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa, J BezuidenhoutDivision of Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa, C LiebenbergDepartment of Forensic Medicine, South Africa, AO AdefuyeDivision of Health Sciences Education, Office of the Dean, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Following upon two-year internship, community-service doctors make mistakes when they deal with evidence of medico-legal examinations in various settings. These mistakes result in alleged perpetrators being released by courts. This study investigated undergraduate clinical forensic medicine training, based on experiences and opinions of community-service doctors. This article focuses on incidents of alleged rape cases only.

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