Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teen Sexual Assault Victims Are Not Receiving Minimal Care

A nationwide study of 12, 687 teenage victims of sexual assault treated in emergency rooms showed that only 44% received the basic recommended lab for sexually transmitted disease.  Only 35% received the recommended prophylactic treatment.  This proved true even when the ER had specialized sexual assault evaluation teams.  The tragic conclusion is that the victim is considered guilty and unworthy of care.  The authors call for a major shift in treating these assault victims.
See Pediatrics, Nov. 2, 2015.

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