Caring for Victims of Rape
Rape is the most rapidly increasing violent crime in the United States (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1978). As incidents of rape and requests for treatment of its aftereffects continue to grow in number (McCombie, Bassuk, Sayitz, & Pell, 1976), more health care providers find themselves confronted with the responsibility of responding to the medical and psychologic needs of rape victims. Providing care to the rape victim is especially challenging because this traumatic experience profoundly affects the individual and evokes strong feelings in the caretaker as well (Silverman, 1977). Myths and misconceptions (Brownmiller, 1975) about rape are common and often influence the attitudes, expectations, and behavior of not only the victims but the important people in their lives including their friends, families, and medical caregivers.
KeywordsViolent Crime Pubic Hair Female Victim Rape Victim Beth Israel Hospital
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