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Trauma During a Medical Examination

“Hello there! I’m here to provide you with a bit of information on navigating trauma during a medical examination. I would like to remind you that suggestions on this post should not be taken as medical advice, legal advice, therapy, etc. or as a one-size-fits-all approach.  Keep in mind that every individual’s journey of  experiencing and navigating through stress or trauma is distinctive because you are one of a kind and no person is truly like you!  Experiencing abuse in any form is NOT OKAY, but what you are experiencing as a result of abuse is valid.  Please know that healing is not a formula and is not for anyone else to define for you. You do you, and you follow all that you need to follow, to help yourself. If you need additional resources or just someone to talk to, feel free to reach out to Imaara Foundation."

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What does a forensic medical examination involve?

Forensic medical exams help identify and document evidence through the help of a professional medical support provider. In order for the medical exam to capture the evidence in full, immediately after an incident of sexual assault has happened, it is ideal to avoid:

  • bathing

  • showering

  • using the restroom

  • changing clothes

  • combing hair

  • douching

  • rubbing or wiping the area so that the forensic examination is able to capture all the evidence as it stands.

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