About the book
Sexual assault, this unwanted or nonconsensual sexual experience should be considered as a public health issue that is multidimensional and seriously complicated. The study of sexual assault is complex because of the variety in methodologies, definitions, measures, prevalence, and prediction tools preferred by different disciplines to address the issue. Generally, the prevention programs are prepared in “the one size fits all” form whereas they should be programmed according to different target groups. Does the victims’ sexual orientation play a role? Which attitudes and behaviors should be addressed and changed by prevention strategies and which are the risk factors? Do the psychologists and psychiatrists who deal with the trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual functioning symptomatology are in coordination with prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement, victim-witness advocates, social workers? How much ER specialists, ICU specialists, and different medical disciplines that are encountering cases are in a position to decide and collect evidence from the victims and cooperate with the primarily related fields like forensic pathologists and mental health specialists? All the above-mentioned disciplines have essential roles in trying to cope with that extremely serious issue. Discussing the facts and figures of their own point of view will be an important step forward for the prevention, healing, and recovery.
This book is intended to bring together studies of all stakeholders that are involved in tackling the issue of sexual assault in general.