Apr 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 237,000 Americans are sexually assaulted each year. That is one every two minutes. Emergency physicians are often the first people to see a sexual assault survivor in the minutes and hours following an attack.
"In many cases, we are not only responsible for treating the patient for injuries," said Dr. Alex Rosenau, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "We are also initially responsible for counseling the patient through a horrific moment and helping investigators collect evidence and hopefully bring the perpetrators to justice."
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and another opportunity to bring to focus and ultimately end sexual violence in the United States.
Sexual Violence Statistics:
It's essential to seek medical care as soon as possible following a sexual assault. Even though a person might not have visible injuries, they still might be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease and women may also be at risk for pregnancy. Call 911 immediately to report this attack to law enforcement.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE for help and support.
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.
SOURCE American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
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