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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 7, 2002

Venereal Disease as Evidence of Rape.

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JenniferReiling, Assistant Editor

JAMA. 2002;288(5):646. doi:10.1001/jama.288.5.646

The Supreme Court of Iowa says, in the case of State vs. Height, that a prosecution for rape on a child 10 years of age, the evidence tended to show that the latter did not make complaint until about 11 days after the alleged outrage, and then, on examination by physicians, was found to have venereal disease. To show that at the time of the alleged intercourse the accused was afflicted with the same disease, which he might have communicated to the child, there were called as witnesses certain physicians who had examined the private parts of the accused while he was confined in jail under arrest for the crime charged, and who found that he then had, or had recently had, the disease in question.

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