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Suicide Assessment

It should be recognized that there is an increased risk of suicidal ideation78,79,80 and suicide attempts81,82,83,84,85,86,87 in patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse. In a study of the impact of adult sexual abuse, 12.84 percent of survivors experienced suicidal ideation.88  One of the essential elements of medical forensic care of the patient should include safety planning regarding suicide risk as a component of discharge planning.