The prevalence of sexual assault: A survey of 2404 puerperal women

Andrew Satin, S. M. Ramin, J. Paicurich, S. Millman, G. D. Wendel

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Objective: The purpose of this investigation was to determine the prevalence of sexual assault, to characterize pregnancy complications, and to report pregnancy outcomes of assault victims. Study design: Puerperal women (n = 2404) were interviewed regarding a history of forced sexual contact. Obstetric, medical, and forensic records were reviewed. Statistical analysis was performed by Student t test, χ2 test, or Fisher's exact test. Results: The lifetime prevalence of sexual assault in this obstetric population was 5% (n = 120). Rape victims had a higher incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (9% vs 4%, p <0.01), urinary tract infections or vaginitis (32% vs 21%, p = 0.02), drug use (9% vs 2%, p <0.001), and multiple hospitalizations during the index pregnancy (15% vs 8%, p <0.01). There was no difference between victims and nonvictims in neonatal outcome as reflected by umbilical artery blood pH, gestational age, or birth weight. Conclusions: A history of sexual assault is common in an urban indigent obstetric population. These women have more frequent pregnancy complications but achieve normal pregnancy outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)973-975
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume167
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Obstetrics
Pregnancy Complications
Pregnancy Outcome
Vaginitis
Umbilical Arteries
Rape
Poverty
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Birth Weight
Urinary Tract Infections
Population
Gestational Age
Medical Records
Hospitalization
Students
Pregnancy
Incidence
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Surveys and Questionnaires

Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • rape
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Satin, A., Ramin, S. M., Paicurich, J., Millman, S., & Wendel, G. D. (1992). The prevalence of sexual assault: A survey of 2404 puerperal women. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 167(4 I), 973-975.

The prevalence of sexual assault : A survey of 2404 puerperal women. / Satin, Andrew; Ramin, S. M.; Paicurich, J.; Millman, S.; Wendel, G. D.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 167, No. 4 I, 1992, p. 973-975.

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Satin, A, Ramin, SM, Paicurich, J, Millman, S & Wendel, GD 1992, 'The prevalence of sexual assault: A survey of 2404 puerperal women', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 167, no. 4 I, pp. 973-975.
Satin, Andrew ; Ramin, S. M. ; Paicurich, J. ; Millman, S. ; Wendel, G. D. / The prevalence of sexual assault : A survey of 2404 puerperal women. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1992 ; Vol. 167, No. 4 I. pp. 973-975.
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