Well-woman exams for sexual assault survivors

Join leading Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Nancy Harris, NP-C, NYSAFE, SANE-A, SANE-P, to understand how best to work with sexual assault survivors to encourage them to attend well-woman exams and to ease the experience.

Gynecologic exams can be distressing for women who have experienced sexual assault. Both the intimate nature of a pelvic or breast exam and the feeling of vulnerability when on the exam table can contribute to an overall sense of discomfort and fear associated with gynecologic exams. 

In this guide you will learn:
  • How to avoid retraumatization
  • The signs of dissociation during an exam
  • How to discuss sexual assault with patients
  • Step-by-step suggestions for performing an exam

“Women who experience sexual assault are significantly less likely to attend routine cervical cancer and other well-woman screening sessions."

MobileODT Women’s Health Special Populations Project

MobileODT has the honor of working with women’s health clinicians around the world. Increasing immigration and shifts in social norms have led many healthcare providers to interact with patients from unfamiliar backgrounds with unfamiliar considerations.

Our Special Populations Project taps into the collective knowledge within the network of EVA System users that spans 42 countries, to give other clinicians an insider’s view on certain special populations.

These guides are intended to start the conversation and to give clinicians an initial sense of the issues involved. Official protocols and local guidelines should be adhered to in every case.

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