Pathology & Sexual Homicide

Rape and sexual homicide are often difficult crimes to prove, even in this climate of evolving technology of DNA and “rape kits”. To be ruled a sexual homicide or rape and murder the genital area must be examined for signs of tearing, scratching and bruising. The sensitivity of such a case requires the forensic pathologist to be proficient in examining sexually derived injuries and determining whether rape occurred, or if results are consistent with consensual sexual behavior. Examinations include inspections of the genitalia and hymen, the presence or absence of seminal fluid, venereal disease and pregnancy. The evidence compiled by a medical examination may be able to either confirm or deny sexual homicide allegations.

Peer Reviewed Sexual Homicide Pathology

In sex offenses where there is little more to go on than an accusation, the exhaustive analysis of forensic pathologists may be the turning point in a criminal case. Due to the brutality of  sexual homicide and other sex crimes and the complications that often arise, it is imperative that the findings presented to the court contain the highest level of medical certainty and accuracy. The Forensic Panel consistently uses peer-review, which employs medical experts who can impart knowledge and skill ensuring that expert investigation of sexual homicide cases can be held to the highest standards and levels of integrity by the court.