Fatal anorectal injuries: A series of four cases

C. J. Orr, M. A. Clark, D. A. Hawley, J. E. Pless, L. R. Tate, P. M. Fardal

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Anorectal injuries associated with sexual practices have become more frequently reported in the last decade. Although anorectal injuries are commonly reported in cases of sexual abuse of children, fatalities are very rare. In this series of cases, we report a case of fatal child abuse resulting from anal intercourse. In addition, there are two cases of death in females as a result of heterosexual 'fisting' or 'handballing.' The fourth case of the series is that of a homicidal injury produced by rectal impalement with a 31 inch length of threaded pipe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-221
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


  • anorectal injury
  • autopsy
  • homicide
  • pathology and biology
  • rape
  • sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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    Orr, C. J., Clark, M. A., Hawley, D. A., Pless, J. E., Tate, L. R., & Fardal, P. M. (1995). Fatal anorectal injuries: A series of four cases. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 40(2), 219-221. https://doi.org/10.1520/jfs15345j