Case study

DEATH BY STROKE IN A SUSPECTED RAPE VICTIM: A CASE REPORT

How to cite: Silveira LX, Mesquita RB, Almeida VRS, Vasconcelos DN, Viana THH, Bento HS, Costa LM, Dias VLC. Death by stroke in a suspected rape victim: a case report. Persp Med Legal Pericia Med. 2023; 8: e230412

https://dx.doi.org/10.47005/230412

Submitted 12/11/2022
Accepted 04/11/2023

The authors inform there is no conflict of interest.

ÓBITO POR AVC EM VÍTIMA SUSPEITA DE ESTUPRO: UM RELATO DE CASO

Lucas Ximenes Silveira (1)

http://lattes.cnpq.br/1578122888342362https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8148 6254

Ramon Bezerra Mesquita (2)

 http://lattes.cnpq.br/4477214168652131https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9743-9260

Vivian Romero Santiago Almeida (2)

http://lattes.cnpq.br/6684284091519797  – https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1739-6681

Déborah Nogueira Vasconcelos (3)

 http://lattes.cnpq.br/8346932640754300https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9743-9260

Thaís Helena Holanda Viana (2)

 http://lattes.cnpq.br/3578084334531024https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9217-0837

 Hanna Soares Bento (2)

 http://lattes.cnpq.br/7037125883030883https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9824-2240

 Leonardo Mesquita Costa (2)

 http://lattes.cnpq.br/3996792130430398https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6438-7417                                                            
Victor Luís Cavalcanti Dias (2)

http://lattes.cnpq.br/5586080777463376https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2083-5024   

(1) Universidade de Fortaleza, Faculdade de Medicina, Fortaleza-CE, Brasil. (Autor principal)

(2) Universidade de Fortaleza, Faculdade de Medicina, Fortaleza-CE, Brasil. (Autores secundários)

(3) Médica da Perícia Forense do Estado do Ceará, Av. Pres. Castelo Branco, 901 – Moura Brasil, Fortaleza – CE, 60010-000 (Orientadora)

E-mail: lucasximenes450@hotmail.com

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Rape is a recurring crime in the Brazilian context. The police investigation on this felony requires the performance of forensic sexology, which, through the examination of the corpus delicti, is able to provide evidence about this heinous crime. The objective of the present study is to report a case of a death by stroke in a victim of suspected rape. Material and method: This is a qualitative and descriptive clinical case study, whose data collection took place through analysis of the expert report coming from the Thanatology Nucleus of the Legal Medicine Coordination of the Forensic Expertise of Canindé. Resultados: Female victim, 64 years old, brown, referred to the service for suspicious death, with a history of possible rape confessed by her son. On examination, voluminous intracranial bleeding and absence of apparent signs of trauma and recent sexual violence or sexual intercourse were evidenced. The analysis of material from vaginal and rectal swabs found only the presence of genetic material from the victim himself. Discussion: Upon expert examination, the suspicion of rape by the victim’s son was ruled out, demanding an analysis of the suspect’s psychological state, in order to justify his implausible confession. In addition, it was found that the victim’s death resulted from a hemorrhagic stroke. Conclusion: Thus, the forensic examination of forensic evidence is relevant, which contributes to the clarification of suspected cases and to the reliability of epidemiological data regarding rape.

Keywords: Rape, Legal Medicine, Stroke.


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