Anal Fissures Tears and Lacerations

The most frequent injuries that are documented after allegations of nonconsensual anal penetration are anal fissures, tears, and lacerations. Use of these different terminologies is confusing and makes comparing the different data impossible. A consensus should be reached among forensic practitioners worldwide regarding what terms should be used and what they mean. Clinically, an anal fissure refers to a longitudinal laceration in the perianal skin and or mucosa of the anal canal. Anal fissures...

Injuries From Handcuffs

Injuries from handcuffs either reflect relative movement between the cuff and wrist or are the result of direct pressure from the cuff to the tissues of the wrist. It is important to remember that injuries may be unilateral, especially where there has been resistance to their application. The most common injuries found are erythema, abrasions, and bruising, particularly to the radial and ulna borders of the wrist 2 . The erythema is often linear and orientated circumferentially around the wrist...