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Kennedy, KM
Journal of forensic and legal medicine
Heterogeneity of existing research relating to sexual violence, sexual assault and rape precludes meta-analysis of injury data
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Sexual assault Rape Victim injury Sexual crimes Sexual violence Intimate partner violence Domestic violence Prevalence of injury FEMALE VICTIMS GENITAL INJURIES TOLUIDINE BLUE PROSECUTION INTERCOURSE COLPOSCOPY WOMEN
In order for medical practitioners to adequately explain to the court the findings of their clinical examinations of victims of sexual violence, they must have access to research data which will place their findings in to context. Unfortunately, existing research has reported a very wide range of injury prevalence data. This papers aims to provide an explanation for this wide variation in results and, furthermore, this paper aims to establish if it is possible to carry out a meta-analysis of existing research data, pertaining to the prevalence of injury after sexual assault. It is suggested that pooling of individual study results may allow statistically robust determination of the true prevalence of injury in victims of sexual violence. It is concluded that heterogeneity in research methodology, between existing research studies, is responsible for the broad range of reported prevalence rates. Finally, this heterogeneity is seen to preclude robust meta-analysis. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.jflm.2013.02.002
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