Sexual assault, date rape, and drug-facilitated rape are significant problems in the United States. Young women are especially susceptible to victimization of date rape and drug-facilitated rape.
These events are often unreported to law enforcement and victims seldom seek medical attention following the rape occurrence. However, when victims do seek medical attention, it is imperative that clinicians be competent in the management of the rape survivor.
Competent management of the rape survivor leads to better short-term and long-term health outcomes. In order to become competent in the management of the rape survivor, we must first define sexual assault, date rape, and drug-facilitated rape, recognize the factors that lead to their occurrences, and understand clinical implications of these incidents.