Sexual assault screening should be a routine part of a woman's healthcare, according to a new Committee Opinion of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Doctors "can be instrumental in stopping the cycle of abuse," Dr. Veronica Gillispie, a co-author of the Committee Opinion in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, stated.
More than 300,000 American women are sexually assaulted each year in the US but the actual number of sexual assaults is probably higher since the crime often goes unreported. Moreover, ACOG reports that approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape annually. Victims can suffer from a wide range of health problems, from unintended pregnancy to post traumatic stress disorder to broken bones and bullet wounds.
"By identifying victims of sexual assault and encouraging them to report their abuse, these problems can be better addressed and even prevented," said Gillispie.
Media Resources: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 7/20/11; MedPage Today
7/24/2014 From Passion to Progress Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists - Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) staff, two congresswomen, and over a hundred DC interns came together yesterday for FMF's Intern Student/Activist briefing in Dirksen Senate building to discuss how to put a women's rights agenda into action.
Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal. . . .