The gynaecologist as an expert witness in cases of sexual abuse

  • Faikoglu R
  • Yükseloglu H
  • Özcan S
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Abstract

The High Criminal Court of Kirklareli province of Turkey dealth with a sexual abuse case the victim was a 14-year-old girl. She was abducted and abused by her boyfriend with her consent, which was legally invalid because of her age. Medical examination was required in order to bring an accusation against the perpetrator. The girl was sent for hymen examination three times because two gynaecologists and one forensic expert produced different witness reports, confusing the court. This caused psychological damaged to the victim. It is proposed that gynaecologists should be made aware of their potential input into sexual assauld cases and be informed of the way in which these cases should be handled. Ina addition, photo-documentation should established in the Turkish legal system to avoid re-examination of the victim. © 2007 Published by Reproductive Healthcare Ltd.

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  • Expert witness reports
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Turkey

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Authors

  • Rehat Faikoglu

  • Hülya Yükseloglu

  • Sebnem Özcan

  • Gabriel Petridis

  • Itir Tari

  • Ersi Abaci Kalfoglou

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