Justice Rape Document Blasted for Omission

  1. i just read this on the airplane and slammed the paper down vowing not to read anymore while bush is in office or either i am having a bottle of wine while reading the paper:
    click here: justice rape document blasted for omission

    i did a search and cannot find where this is being discussed. is it naive of me to think that women will still be offerred the morning-after pill even though the guidelines have conveniently left that part out? to inform them of this option? why is it the dept of justice are the ones to make new guidelines? im baffled to say the least!!:angryfire
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  3. by   rhon91
    justice rape document blasted for omission



    by david crary ap national writer new york (ap) - scores of advocacy groups, including the american civil liberties union and planned parenthood, assailed new justice department guidelines for treating rape victims thursday because the detailed procedures make no mention of emergency contraception as an option that could spare some women an unwanted pregnancy.

    the result is "a glaring omission in an otherwise thorough document," the groups said in a letter sent to diane stuart, director of the justice department's office on violence against women.

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    gloria feldt, president of the planned parenthood federation of america, called the omission "a blatant example of politics taking precedence over the emotional and physical health needs of women." her organization, and other groups, contend that information about emergency contraception was included in an early draft of the guidelines, then removed from the final version because of political concerns.

    a justice department spokesman, eric holland, said stuart's office had received the protest letter and would "review its contents carefully." the department offered no immediate comment on the specifics of the complaints.

    many major medical groups support the use of emergency contraception, and the american college of obstetricians and gynecologists recommends that it be offered to all sexual assault victims who are at risk of pregnancy. but many conservative groups contend that use of emergency contraception can be a form of abortion in cases where fertilization has already occurred.

    more than 300,000 women are raped annually in the united states. planned parenthood said about 25,000 of these women become pregnant because of the assault, and nearly 90 percent of those pregnancies could be prevented if victims had prompt access to emergency contraception.

    commonly known as morning-after pills, emergency contraceptives are a stronger dose of regular birth control pills. they are considered highly effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

    the aclu, in a recent study of 11 states, found that many emergency care facilities do not routinely provide emergency contraception to rape victims. results varied from lows of 6 percent of facilities in louisiana and 8 percent in idaho to highs of 80 percent in new hampshire and 85 percent in new york.

    some states require hospitals to assist victims in obtaining emergency contraception; other states allow medical personal to withhold such services for reasons of conscience. the justice department said the new, first-of-their-kind guidelines were not intended to supersede state policies.

    the step-by-step guidelines were released last fall after input from criminal justice and health experts, with the aim of ensuring that victims receive high-quality medical and forensic services.

    the 130-page document includes extensive suggestions for coping with the possibility of sexually transmitted disease, but only one sentence on pregnancy prevention: "discuss treatment options with patients, including reproductive health services."

    the protest letter calls for the guidelines to be revised to specify that victims should be offered emergency contraception as routine policy.

    "it is time for policy-makers to stop heartlessly ignoring the needs of sexual assault patients," said louise melling, director of the aclu's reproductive freedom project. "there is no excuse for not doing whatever we can to ensure that women can prevent pregnancy."

    among the 205 groups signing the letter were the american association of university women, catholics for a free choice, the episcopal church usa, naral pro-choice america, the national council of jewish women and the national organization for women.

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    on the net:

    aclu: http://www.aclu.org/reproductiverigh...fm?id17278&c30

    justice department guidelines: http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/ovw/206554.pdf

    2005-01-06 19:48:25 gmt
  4. by   needsmore$
    Is there a SANE forum speciality that would like to see this as well--or maybe Forensics?
  5. by   rhon91
    Quote from needsmore$
    Is there a SANE forum speciality that would like to see this as well--or maybe Forensics?
    Im sorry, I do not know what you mean. Can you be more clear?

    Edited to say ok, I know what SANE is now. (I thought you were saying I was INsane for posting it! lol!) I think they would, thanks!
    Last edit by rhon91 on Jan 11, '05
  6. by   needsmore$
    Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners--specially trained ER nurses in care of a rape victim-
  7. by   candyndel
    I think we all know why EC was left out. (Its because of the way it works and actually, EC is a misnomer.) It is comforting to know that the state guidelines can vary by state, and our new guidelines (NJ) have each victim being offered the option of EC.
  8. by   11:11
    A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice found that males are victims in 15% of all sexual assaults.4

    The same study found that 1 in 33 men in the United States has experienced an attempted or completed rape in his lifetime and approximately 92,700 men and boys are forcibly raped each year.5








    Anything about mens rights contained in that document?
  9. by   purplemania
    The Justice Dept is the one that makes the laws on how to prosecute, and the laws cover how to obtain and handle evidence. Remember, guidelines are NOT laws, so any medical professional can discuss options over and beyond what is in the guidelines.
  10. by   rhon91
    Quote from candyndel
    I think we all know why EC was left out. (Its because of the way it works and actually, EC is a misnomer.) It is comforting to know that the state guidelines can vary by state, and our new guidelines (NJ) have each victim being offered the option of EC.
    Even in the 'religious -based' (for lack of better word) health systems, like Trinity, ect? Catholic hospitals? It seems so many these days are being taken over by so-called relious based health systems.

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