Medical Q&As

Rape

I was raped 8 days ago. Is there any point in going to a doctor now? Have I left it too late?

I would strongly recommend that you attend your doctor even though the rape occurred eight days ago. As each day passes the chances of obtaining a sample of your attacker’s semen decreases. However, forensic considerations are of secondary importance for the moment. Your priority should be to attend to your physical and mental well-being. You should be examined for signs of personal injury and you should be screened for sexually transmitted diseases. Rape can cause great emotional and psychological upheaval therefore it would be very wise to see a counsellor. You have been the victim of a very serious crime and your attacker should be apprehended and subjected to the full vigour of the law. I would strongly urge that you make a statement to the Gardai but first you attend to your health.