Chapter 8. Sexual Assault – Managing Disclosures of Abuse

  1. Kathy French RN, Cert Ed, BSc (Hons), MPhil, PG Dip, PhD member Sexual Health Adviser
  1. Wendy Hallows RN (Mental Health), BSc (Hons), MSc in Sexual Abuse mental health nurse specialist honorary lecturer member

Published Online: 30 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322569.ch8

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

How to Cite

Hallows, W. (2009) Sexual Assault – Managing Disclosures of Abuse, in Sexual Health (ed K. French), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322569.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Royal College of Nursing, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Staffordshire University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168311

Online ISBN: 9781444322569



  • sexual assault – managing disclosures of abuse;
  • increased awareness on issues relating to sexual abuse;
  • sexual abuse/assault;
  • sexual assault - any type of sexual act committed without consent of one of the parties;
  • victims of sexual abuse/assault;
  • disclosures of sexual abuse/assault;
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board or own organisational policies/procedures;
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and confidentiality and consent issues;
  • needs of victims of sexual abuse and appropriate response to disclosures;
  • NMC, Code of Professional Practice (2002), - acting on best interests of child or young persons


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • What is Sexual Abuse/Assault?

  • Who could become a Victim of Sexual Abuse/Assault?

  • The Importance of Assessment

  • How to Deal with a Disclosure

  • Confidentiality and Consent Issues

  • Child Protection

  • Pre-Trial Therapy

  • Conclusion

  • Support for Victims

  • Endnote

  • References

  • Further Reading